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UCalgary and Government News

From research and innovative education, to the impacts of philanthropy and working with government, learn more about what is happening at UCalgary.

Also see the latest government news announcements that impact post-secondary education and research.

Building our Economy


Government of Alberta announces over $22M in funding for UCalgary researchers

11 projects in engineering, health and science receive money through Research Capacity Program...

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UCalgary researchers see potential in blue hydrogen production

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UCeed Social Impact Fund receives $2M support from Government of Alberta

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UCalgary and Quantum City

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Creating Impact in our Community


City-building research positioned to catalyze the reimagining of downtown

Civic Commons Catalyst pilot proposes strategic interventions for downtown Calgary and attracts participation of 3 more Alberta municipalities <br /> ...

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Vet med's new bacteriology lab will get faster results for veterinarians and animals across Alberta

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Alberta’s largest research universities team up to track evidence of COVID-19 in wastewater of 3.2M people across Alberta

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Registered nursing degree launches at Wainwright Health Centre

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UCalgary in the News


Statement from University of Calgary President Ed McCauley on Alberta 2030 Post-Secondary Strategy

The University of Calgary supports the goals stated in the Alberta 2030 strategy...

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Government of Alberta releases 2021-22 budget

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UCalgary will continue to respond to challenging budget situation

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UCalgary will address challenging provincial budget

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Latest Government News

Federal

Funding of $1.35 million through Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) will help modernize an Edmonton facility for Alberta firms to test their products and processes to demonstrate the value of Canadian-made technologies for the global hydrogen industry

(November 9, 2021)

$80-million investment will support cyber security research and development, commercialization, and skills and talent development. (May 6, 2021)

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along. (April 19, 2021)

The Strategy is the result of three years of research and analysis, with input from 1,500 leading experts and stakeholders including workers, industry, other levels of government, Indigenous organizations and academia. (December 16, 2020) 

The report, Restart, Recover and Reimagine Prosperity for All Canadians: An Ambitious Growth Plan for Building a Digital, Sustainable and Innovative Economy, details findings on COVID-19’s impact on industries and added recommendations to position for recovery across sectors. (December 11, 2020) 

Michael Sabia, currently Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and Chair of the Board of Directors, Canada Infrastructure Bank, becomes Deputy Minister of Finance, effective December 14, 2020. (December 7, 2020)

The report identifies five priority areas for building a country that supports ongoing learning, and proposes concrete actions that require participation from all levels of government, private sector, labour, non-profit and Indigenous partners, and educational/training institutions. (November 25, 2020) 

New funding for equipment and tools provides researchers the support necessary to do their jobs in trying times. (November 6, 2020)

Provincial

Alberta’s government has taken action on several key initiatives to equip Albertans with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. (December 8, 2021)

An investment of more than $22 million through the Alberta government’s Research Capacity Program will support research infrastructure and technology development at the University of Calgary. (December 6, 2021)

As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the government is honouring its $2-million platform commitment to help more students with developmental disabilities pursue post-secondary education. (December 3, 2021)

Alberta’s government is introducing a number of legislative changes to support the strategic direction of the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs initiative and recommendations of the Skills for Jobs Task Force. (October 26, 2021)

Alberta’s government has streamlined the post-secondary program approval process, giving institutions more flexibility to respond to labour market needs and develop innovative new programming. (October 8, 2021)

Wainwright and area residents can now earn a university degree to become a registered nurse without leaving their home community. (September 29, 2021)

Alberta’s government is creating new, flexible learning options to help people take the next step in their profession or explore new career opportunities. (August 30, 2021)

Alberta’s government is helping fund new on-the-job learning opportunities for post-secondary students, helping to build job-ready skills and increase access to talent for employers. (July 5, 2021)

The CORE Working Group – co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer and Calgary-Currie MLA Nicholas Milliken – includes representation from a broad cross-section of affected stakeholders. These representatives will work together to assess the findings and recommendations brought forward by the co-chairs, engage with Calgarians and provide a road map for returning Calgary’s downtown core to a healthy and energetic place to live and work. (May 11, 2021)

The Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy sets the road map for a re-envisioned post-secondary system focusing on high-quality education and the skills and training needed for Alberta's future. (April 29, 2021)

Alberta’s government is creating more than 3,000 new seats in the Calgary area, supporting students studying aviation, engineering and more. (May 16, 2022)

Alberta’s government is supporting projects that will create a cleaner environment, help grow a low-carbon economy and create jobs. (March 17, 2022)

An investment by Alberta’s government means science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will employ more women as our economy grows. (March 8, 2022)

Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides issued the following statement on returning to in-person learning this fall. (March 18, 2022)

Budget 2022 moves Alberta forward by building health system capacity, getting more Albertans working and presenting a balanced budget for only the second time in more than a decade. (Feb. 24, 2022)

Budget 2022 moves Alberta forward by providing more support for teachers, funding enrolment growth and strengthening parental choice in education. (Feb. 24, 2022)

Advanced Education is investing $2.5 million to help encourage change and safety in campus communities. (Feb. 15, 2022)

Municipal

The City of Calgary, in partnership with the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, is launching the inaugural Winter City Design Competition by inviting designers, artists and students to imagine the possibilities for eye-catching and interactive displays along Stephen Avenue. (November 1, 2021)

Calgary’s Downtown took many steps this past year along the road to reinvention, despite the challenges of 2020. The transformation of beloved public spaces in Eau Claire, Chinatown and the East Village, along with the continued growth of Calgary’s tech sector, are just the start of the transformation. (July 21, 2021)

The City of Calgary is taking action to make Calgary’s downtown even more vibrant. Today, City Council approved Calgary’s Greater Downtown Plan and an initial investment of $200 million to support the actions outlined in the plan. (April 26, 2021)

UCalgary unveils canopy installation and lighting in front of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Location downtown. (November 3, 2020)

Several UCalgary research teams have been awarded Change Can’t Wait! funding for projects designed to prevent mental health and addiction issues. (September 20, 2020)

The Calgary Police Commission, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Police Association, and Calgary Police Senior Officers association are working with UCalgary’s Dr. Malinda Smith and other members of the City’s expert advisory panel to debrief on public hearings. (July 9, 2020)

Members of the Financial Task Force with expertise in policy formulation, business strategy, property valuation, and finance have volunteered their time and expertise over the last nine months to understand the complex financial issues The City is facing and have worked to develop 35  recommendations. (June 29, 2020).

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