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Friday, September 13, 2013

SSHRC’s Knowledge Synthesis Grants

(Ottawa, September 9, 2013)—The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced investments in research that will help expand our understanding of labour market issues in Canada. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded 16 Knowledge Synthesis Grants to researchers at postsecondary institutions across Canada. The goal of the grants is to combine or "synthesize" new and existing academic knowledge, and to make that information accessible to a broader audience.

"Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians: creating jobs, continuing economic growth and promoting long-term prosperity," said Rickford. "With a better understanding of labour market issues, employers and individuals will be better equipped to identify the skills our workforce needs, and to develop new opportunities for jobs that will grow our economy while strengthening Canada's research advantage."

In total, more than $375,000 is being awarded through SSHRC's Knowledge Synthesis Grants to 16 projects at postsecondary institutions across Canada. The projects involve Canadian and international collaborators across the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Together, they will advance knowledge on one of two themes: future demand for skills in tomorrow's Canadian labour market; and supply and development of skills for the future Canadian labour market.