Perimeter Institute receives new funding from Federal and Provincial Governments

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Ontario invests $36 million, and Canada invests $34.4 million, to support fundamental research and maintain a world-leading position in theoretical physics.

The Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada announced new funding for Perimeter Institute this week. The Province committed $36 million over three years via the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and the Federal Government allocated $34.4 million over five years via Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Science Fund. These investments will enable the Institute to continue its world-class programs in research, training, and outreach. 

“This renewed support will help Perimeter advance breakthroughs in fundamental science, inspire young minds, train exceptional students, and play a central role in expanding Ontario’s and Canada’s quantum ecosystem. We are deeply grateful to our Federal and Provincial partners for their ongoing support of Perimeter and its mission. Our work would not be possible without them – together, we are creating a world-class hub for theoretical physics, building strong partnerships, and enabling scientific innovation,” said Perimeter Director Robert Myers.

Perimeter, a leading institute for theoretical physics, was founded on the vision that fundamental science will lay the groundwork for next-generation technologies. Perimeter’s researchers are working to solve some of the most intractable problems in physics, while training the leading minds of tomorrow. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, and collaborating with scientific institutes across the country and around the world, Perimeter is a key part of Ontario’s and Canada’s innovation economies. 

“Science and research are the cornerstones of Canada's economic well-being and progress,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Canada's researchers work to expand our understanding of the world, and they generate new ideas to solve some of the biggest challenges of our time. With this investment through the Strategic Science Fund, the Government of Canada is continuing its support for world-class, cutting-edge research and for those who work to inspire and train the next generation.”

The Ontario Government emphasized its commitment to scientific research in a press release, saying: “The research sector is a key source of innovation and commercialization in the province, making it one of the leading contributors to Ontario’s global competitiveness and productivity. This investment is fostering a skilled labour force and promoting new business opportunities in Ontario.” Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop, added: “Ontario’s research institutes are making new discoveries and doing cutting-edge research that is significantly improving lives.”


Perimeter Institute, a longstanding public-private partnership, is dedicated to carrying out meaningful cutting-edge research. These new investments will ensure Canada, Ontario, and Perimeter remain hubs for scientific discovery in an increasingly competitive knowledge-based economy worldwide.

About PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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