Federal government spending on science and technology, 2012/2013 (intentions)

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Federal science and technology spending for fiscal year 2012/2013 is anticipated to decline 5.9% from 2011/2012 to $10.9 billion. This decrease represents a return to more normal levels as a result of the conclusion of federal stimulus spending.

New estimates for federal science and technology spending are now available for three fiscal years, from 2010/2011 through 2012/2013.

Note to readers

The Federal Science Expenditures and Personnel, Activities in the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences is an annual survey of all federal government departments and agencies believed to be performing or funding science and technology activities. Data for this release cycle were collected between November 4, 2011 and March 3, 2012 from 67 federal government departments and agencies.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table358-0142 to 358-0151 and CANSIM table358-0163 to 358-0166.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number4212.

The publication Federal Scientific Activities, 2012/2013 (Catalogue number88-204-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca).

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Catherine ten Den (613-951-2188; catherine.tenden@statcan.gc.ca), Investment, Science and Technology Division.