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R&D in the Canadian North

January 26, 2013

Statistics Canada reports not very much R&D expenditures at all are taking place in the three northern territories. Meanwhile the oil sands has attracted huge R&D investments in both the public and private sectors.



The oil sands attracts huge research dollars, probably accounting for at least 10% of Canada’s total R&D effort. Hundreds of highly trained scientists and engineers figure out ways to separate oil from sand and to get bitumen out of the ground in the first place.

Surprisingly, the Stats Can data show a meager $13 M in GERD for the territories in 2010. More could be done in the north in the way of research given its huge geography and cold climate.