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Thursday, December 8, 2005

Federal government spending on science and technology

2005/06 (intentions)

The federal government's spending on science and technology is expected to surpass $9 billion in the fiscal year 2005/06, with the majority headed for research and development.

A survey of science and technology activities of federal departments and agencies shows total spending intentions will reach $9.1 billion. This would represent 4.9% of total government spending, compared with 3.6% in 1994/95.

Compared to 2004/05, there is no increase in total science and technology expenditures. However, funding to the higher education sector is expected to increase by 16% to $2.8 billion. Decreases in expenditures for activities carried out primarily by the federal government, funding to business enterprises and Canadian non-profit institutions, counterbalance the increase.

Of the total, 63 cents out of every dollar spent on science and technology will go to research and development, the second highest share during the past 10 years.

The $5.8 billion anticipated for research and development will include intramural performance, which are activities carried out primarily by the federal government, and extramural funding, which are activities managed and performed by non-federal organizations.

Just over one-half (52%) of total science and technology expenditures are expected to be spent on activities performed by the federal government itself. Of total planned research and development spending, the federal government will perform $2.1 billion, or 37%.

Federal government research and development funding to the higher education sector is expected to exceed $2.5 billion.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4212.

The service bulletin Science Statistics, Vol. 29, no. 7 (88-001-XIE, free) is now available online. From the Our products and services page, under Browse our Internet publications, choose Free, then Science and technology.

For more information, or to enquire about the methods, concepts or data quality of this release, contact Lloyd Lizotte, (613-951-2188; lloyd.lizotte@statcan.gc.ca) or Antoine Rose, (613-951-9919; antoine.rose@statcan.gc.ca), Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division.

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