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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


Simpson Centre gets green light for new carbon program

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry awards $1.17 million in funding...

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Calgary startup program launches agriculture stream

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UCalgary launches UCeed, a pre-seed and seed funding program

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New degree prepares tech professionals for cybersecurity challenges of the future

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Creating Impact in our Community


UCalgary facility to further research into COVID-19 vaccine and treatments

Community, industry and government come together to support reopening of biosafety Level 3 lab ...

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UCalgary community informs City’s new mental health and addiction strategy

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President McCauley highlights important role of Canadian universities in fighting COVID-19

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UCalgary and mayor join forces to make Calgary's downtown a more welcoming place for everyone

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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

$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

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.

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)

The Government of Alberta’s 2021-22 budget includes a $25-million reduction to the University of Calgary’s operating budget (-6 per cent) and an increase of $8.6M to infrastructure maintenance funding. (Feb. 25, 2021)

Budget 2021 protects Albertans’ lives and livelihoods with a significant investment in health care while positioning the province for economic recovery with a continued focus on the efficient delivery of government services (Feb. 25, 2021).

Alberta is helping students gain world-class research skills and driving innovation by supporting more than 3,800 new internships. (October 30, 2020)

Alberta’s government is supporting research at the University of Calgary that will grow new tech-related industries in Alberta, create jobs across sectors and attract investment. (October 23, 2020)

The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing in critical animal health diagnostics at UCalgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. (October 14, 2020)

Alberta’s government has completed work to enable the University of Calgary to enter a new era of innovation and growth. (October 2, 2020)

Seven Alberta-based researchers are receiving funding for innovative technology projects that will help fight COVID-19 (September 28, 2020).

Alberta’s government is introducing the Women in STEM Award Program to help young women reach their career goals in science, technology, engineering and math (September 22, 2020).

A government-wide strategy will create jobs and drive investment and diversification in Alberta, while a new consultation will modernize intellectual property in the province (September 17, 2020).

Government is working with universities and industry representatives to increase federal research funding to Alberta post-secondary institutions. (July 22, 2020)

Government will review Alberta’s post-secondary education system and develop a long-term plan to enhance student experiences and connect education to jobs. (June 12, 2020) 

Health partners are building a safe biorepository to preserve COVID-19 samples long-term to support world-class medical research in combatting the virus (June 5, 2020).

A new outcomes-based post-secondary funding approach will increase transparency and accountability and help build a modern and diverse workforce for the future. (January 20, 2020)

Municipal

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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