Brampton, ON – Collaborations between college researchers and businesses help our national and local economies thrive and prepare young Canadians for the jobs of the future. Canada’s colleges are at the heart of communities across the country and fuel research that helps businesses innovate and grow.

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport – alongside Sonia Sidhu, the Member of Parliament for Brampton South – announced nearly $150,000 in funding to support research at Sheridan College. This funding is part of a $57-million investment through the College and Community Innovation Program (CCI) that Minister Duncan announced on June 13, 2019.

The grant for Sheridan College will allow researchers at the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre to buy the equipment they need to develop interactive computer-generated 3D characters. These animated characters can be used in a range of industries, from films and gaming, to healthcare and wellness to create new products and services that will benefit all Canadians.

This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the Government of Canada’s historic commitment of more than $10 billion to science and research. It includes the largest ever boost for college research funding.

Minister Duncan also signed the Dimensions Charter at Sheridan College. Institutions that endorse the charter commit to embed the principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness in their policies, practices, action plans and culture.


“Our government is committed to returning science and research to their rightful place. That’s why we’re investing in students and small-to medium-sized businesses so they can work together to make discoveries and continue innovating to improve the quality of life of all Canadians. These collaborations will boost economic development and create jobs across the country.”

~ The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“I am proud to be part of a Government which is so dedicated to science and research. The investment being celebrated today will not only enhance Canada’s world-class research capacity, but will also help businesses innovate to create growth, and help colleges train the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs. I am particularly delighted that Brampton South’s own Sheridan College is benefitting as well, and I can wait to see the developments they make.”

~ Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South

“NSERC values the tremendous contributions of Canada’s colleges in the research and innovation ecosystem. Today’s investment will enhance our country’s world-class research capacity, help businesses innovate to create growth, and train our next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs.”

~ Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada