Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2024 Federal Budget

Key recommendations include:

  1. Modernize Canada’s academic research and development system with more flexible funding mechanisms that fully utilize capacity across the post-secondary research ecosystem
  2. Create a dedicated Tri-Agency funding allocation for Indigenous-led applied research
  3. Relaunch a $3.5 billion post-secondary infrastructure program that enables institutions to invest in green infrastructure and ensure campuses meet sustainability standards
  4. Establish a $25 million per year training equipment fund for Canada’s hands-on learning institutions to support skills development for a rapidly evolving labour market
  5. Restructure the Canada Training Benefit to increase awareness, navigation and upfront financial supports for workers
  6. Establish permanent baseline funding for the Student Work Placement Program, with additional investments designed to address the lingering impact of the pandemic on Canada’s youth