The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies applauds the major investment in research and in particular in people in Budget 2018.
The increases announced for each of the Tri-Council members, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and for additional Canada Research Chairs will indeed support many more students and early career researchers. As well, the focus on supporting and encouraging women, indigenous peoples and other underrepresented groups in the research enterprise is an important one.
The formal recognition of the need for interdisciplinary and international research and the new fund to support it will assist the growing cohort of students and early career researchers who seek to approach research challenges with a broader lens.
As made clear in the budget document, this announcement is only the beginning. CAGS is ready to take up the challenge to work with the Government of Canada over the next year to determine how to better support students, and the next generation of researchers through scholarships and fellowships.