Quebec receives $31.32-M for pediatric research, innovation

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Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine in Montréal

The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada today announced several funding projects amounting to $31.32 million aimed at a variety of initiatives in Quebec.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $25.06 million in a project at Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine in Montréal. The funding will enable the centre to bring together institutional and private partners to transform the vision for pediatric rehabilitation.

Federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. The Government of Quebec’s contribution is part of the Québec Infrastructure Plan.

The money will allow CHU Sainte-Justine to create a technology centre for pediatric rehabilitation in Montréal. The project involves constructing a new building that will be integrated with the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre; recruiting new researchers, teachers and clinicians who specialize in rehabilitation; and developing partnerships with institutions and businesses working in the area of pediatric rehabilitation.

The goal is to eliminate the impacts of children’s disabilities and to create an international ecosystem for developing and commercializing innovations.

“Sainte-Justine is already a leader in the area of research. The technology centre will enable it to go a step further with an integrated approach involving clinicians, managers, researchers, businesses and industrial partners,” said Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services. “This will have positive and critical repercussions in supporting autonomy and social integration.”
The integration of care, education, and research allows these children and their families to benefit from technological and psychosocial innovations, according to Dr. Fabrice Brunet, president and director general of CHU Sainte-Justine.

“The new technology centre will bring together knowledge from the field and from institutional and private partners to better detect, treat and even heal these children’s disabilities,” he said.

A total of $31.32 million is being invested in this project:

  • The Government of Canada is providing $15.66 million.
  • The Government of Quebec is providing $9.40 million.
  • CHU Sainte-Justine and other partners are providing $6.26 million.

In total, universities and colleges throughout Quebec will receive nearly $1.1 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors.

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