Government of Canada invests more than $160 million in social sciences and humanities research

Helping immigrants resettle is one of many projects funded through SSHRC Partnership and Insight Grants

September 9, 2016—Toronto, Ontario—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Government of Canada values the role of all of the sciences, from the natural and health sciences to the social sciences and humanities, in providing the evidence needed to make decisions that will impact our health, environment, climate, economy and society. The government is committed to advancing research in all disciplines and in encouraging partnerships among researchers, along with those in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, to develop innovative approaches that will improve the well-being of Canadians and strengthen the middle class.

This is why the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced $163 million for nearly 1,150 social sciences and humanities research projects to build knowledge and foster collaboration in a wide range of disciplines. The Minister made the announcement at York University.

The funding is being awarded through the Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants, Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The investment in these research initiatives will help examine a diversity of issues that touch the everyday lives of Canadians, including employment, an aging population and immigration. For example, through her Partnership Grant project, York University’s Valerie Preston has teamed up with academic, government and social services partners to look at how social organizations can improve the settlement and well-being services they deliver to migrants. This research will benefit Canada’s newest citizens and migrants who are often faced with cultural, political, social and economic challenges. This partnership will provide important research results and information for policy-makers and migrant service providers.


“Social sciences and humanities researchers help us to understand issues affecting our daily lives and provide evidence for sound policy-making. The Government of Canada believes that only this broad and holistic approach can lead to true discoveries, innovation and solutions that will help all Canadians, including those who now call Canada home.”

—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"SSHRC’s support of these projects helps ensure the continued and unique contribution of humanities and social sciences research to guide informed decision-making at all levels within Canadian society. This research informs our thinking about critical social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental issues and contributes to building a better future for Canada and the world."

—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Quick Facts

  • SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. It supports about 8,300 research projects annually.

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