Government of Canada Invests $100,000 to Accelerate Medical Research & Spur Innovation in Northern Ontario

June 23, 2017 – Sudbury, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Government of Canada is investing $100,000 to help Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) encourage entrepreneurs and industry professionals to pursue product development opportunities within the healthcare sector. The initiative aims to connect entrepreneurs with clinical trials and product testing opportunities to help create and bring new medical products and healthcare solutions to the global marketplace.

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, was joined by Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, to make the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor. Specifically, the FedNor funding will enable HSNRI to complete a feasibility study and develop a new technology platform entitled Population Health Ecosystem for Ontario’s Northern and Indigenous Communities (PHEONICS).


“Northern Ontario’s health science and research sector is developing rapidly and the funding announced today demonstrates how the Government of Canada supports the efforts of local businesses to innovate, grow and succeed. Innovation in healthcare can help improve patient care, lower costs and deliver better outcomes using new and emerging technologies.”

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“Innovation drives the Canadian economy forward and our government is committed to helping businesses and entrepreneurs capitalize on opportunities to develop and market new technology and products. Today’s announcement will assist local health care pioneers grow the economy and create jobs.”

Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

“This funding announcement will help our researchers, clinicians and regional partners transform health research in the north. This is an example of health innovation that will improve health equity for northerners, seniors and indigenous people.”

Dr. Denis Roy, President & CEO, Health Sciences North Research Institute

Quick Facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
  • Health Sciences North Research Institute is focused on contributing to sustainable solutions for health challenges faced by Ontario’s Northern and Indigenous communities. Its research priority areas, which include infection and immunity, cancer solutions, personalized medicine and healthy aging, are wrapped around a population health focus to achieve health equity for Ontario’s Northern and Indigenous communities.

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