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CAHO Applauds Historic Research Investment in Federal Budget 2018 

Toronto, March 2, 2018 – The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) applauds the Government of Canada for its historic investment of nearly $4 billion in science and research, announced in the 2018 Federal Budget.

Over the past year, CAHO hospitals were part of a strong chorus calling for the implementation of the recommendations from Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, which included increased federal funding for investigator-led research, early-career researchers and the indirect costs of research.

“CAHO is grateful for the leadership of David Naylor and the many research champions who voiced the need for increased, stabilized research funding. This year’s budget, which represents the largest investment in science in Canadian history, clearly shows that our voices were heard,” said Michelle Noble, Executive Director of CAHO. “CAHO commends the Government on its commitment to research and innovation in Budget 2018. We also thank the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, for meeting with scientists across the country to discuss their needs, and the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, for listening.”

CAHO members, the province’s 23 research hospitals, are the research and development arm of Ontario’s health care system, and are significant contributors to Canada’s life sciences enterprise. Collectively, they fuel a healthier, wealthier and smarter future.

Our members conduct the majority of health research in Ontario. In 2017, CAHO hospitals invested $1.5 billion in health research and engaged more than 18,000 people in research and research support jobs.  CAHO members contribute 60% of the total health research investments made by hospitals across Canada. In Ontario, hospitals report to local boards rather than to regional health authorities, enabling them to manage health research investments and fuel innovation and discovery.

The following investments over the next five years are especially welcome by our member hospitals:

  • Increased investment in tri-council funding to support investigator-led research ($1.2B)
  • Support for early career researchers and women through re-investment in the Canada Research Chairs program ($210M)
  • Increased support for the indirect costs of research through the Research Support Fund ($231M)

CAHO will continue advocating to ensure our members have fair access to the funding outlined in Budget 2018, and to educate government on the ongoing challenges with the indirect costs of research that our member hospitals face.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit




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