Universities and hospitals in Ontario say research in areas from health technologies to digital media could be scuttled after the provincial government slashed $66-million in support, The Globe and Mail reports.
Schools and medical centers say they were caught off guard by the cuts, which they learned about from officials in a series of letters and phone calls. “I think everyone was a little bit in shock,” said Bonnie Patterson, president of the Council of Ontario Universities.
Provincial leaders said they would apply the research money to other programs more likely to create jobs, and that more grant cuts could be on the way.
“It really came down to priorities,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister for economic development. “It’s a question of putting hard-earned tax dollars into areas that are going to get surer and better returns.”