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Message from the president

Alan Shepard comments on the federal budget
March 30, 2016
By Alan Shepard


The Government of Canada’s major new spending on university infrastructure in Budget 2016 are investments in Canadians’ future in this global knowledge economy.

Targeted investment areas in this budget that coincide with Concordia’s long-held priorities include:

  • Funding for new research spaces
  • Bolstering the granting councils that fund Canada’s most promising research
  • Growing and benchmarking entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators
  • Investing in innovative green technologies
  • Increasing support for the Canada Student Loans Program that broadens access for students from low- and middle-income families
  • A broad range of new support for youth employment, including internships, apprenticeships and co-op placements, so crucial in helping students transition into the workforce

As in this federal budget, the Government of Quebec’s budget tabled March 17 also announced reinvestments in higher education. After a series of lean years for our sector, I applaud this realignment of priorities.

I look forward to continuing Concordia’s work with communities across Montreal, Quebec, Canada and abroad to make the world a better place.

Alan Shepard


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