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May 8, 2015 – Ottawa, ON

Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orléans), accompanied by Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) today announced the projects that will be funded under a $60 million investment in the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) research facilities. The investment will allow Canada's premier research and technology organization to remain focused on supporting Canadian companies through research, development and innovation in sectors ranging from housing construction to aerospace.

Speaking at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) on the NRC campus in Ottawa, Mr. Galipeau indicated the funding will be used to repair and upgrade NRC infrastructure, with nearly $44 million to be invested in eight projects in the National Capital Region. The announcement follows Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement last November which designated $380 million toward federal laboratories, part of a larger $5.8 billion commitment to build and renew public infrastructure across the country.

The investment at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technologies, will allow the facility to revamp the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, renewable energy and control testing systems, as well as the intelligent building and smart grid integration technologies. The investment will also allow the Centre to expand its focus from testing and assessing residential housing construction technologies to include other construction markets.

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  • The projects announced today will be receiving $60 million as part of the $5.8 billion commitment toward public infrastructure announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2014. Investments in Canada's public infrastructure improve productivity and quality of life, and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.
  • Some highlights of the upgrades to the National Research Council facilities in the National Capital Region announced today include:
    • Over $1 million toward the renovation and expansion of the Canadian Centre for Housing Technologies. The Centre supports research and technology testing in the Canadian construction sector, which accounts for an estimated 12 percent of Canada's annual GDP; it is responsible for more than $150 billion in repairs and renovations to Canada's infrastructure each year.
    • Over $5 million toward the Uplands Campus facility which houses the NRC Wind Tunnel. Uplands Campus works with public and private sector partners in the Canadian Aerospace and transportation sectors to test aircraft components and vehicles, and develop air transportation safety standards, both in Canada and internationally.
    • Over $5 million toward revitalizing 100 Sussex. Once coined the “temple of science,” the federal heritage building currently houses research laboratories and administrative offices.
  • Since 2006, the Government has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that contribute to economic growth, job creation and productivity.


“Our Government recognizes that the success of Canada's economy, the prosperity of our communities and the well-being of our families depends on Canadian companies who are competitive on global markets. Today's investment will ensure the National Research Council has world-class facilities to support innovative and competitive Canadian companies through leading edge research and development.”

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Our government recognizes that Canadians benefit from investments in public infrastructure. Today's investment in the National Research Council's Ottawa facilities will help support our construction and aerospace companies while ensuring NRC employees have the world class facilities required to help these companies through research and development.”

Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa – Orléans

“The National Research Council is pleased to receive this investment which will improve our capacity to support research and technology innovation ultimately leading to economic growth and prosperity for Canadian entrepreneurs. With this investment, we can continue to offer world-class research equipment and facilities to help the business community meet their technological challenges and support their competitiveness and growth.”

John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada

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