Genome Canada is a not-for-profit organization, established in February 2000 to develop and implement a national strategy for supporting large-scale research projects in genomics and proteomics, for the benefit of all Canadians.
With funding from Industry Canada, and in partnership with (and among) the Ontario Genomics and five other regional genome centres across Canada, Genome Canada has made this country a leader in research in genomics and proteomics relating to agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry, human health, new technology development, and the economic, environmental, ethical, legal, and social issues (GE3LS) that these efforts engender.
Over the past eight years, Genome Canada has invested in more than 130 research projects and science and technology platforms through the regional genome centres. Co-funding from commercial partners, philanthropic organizations, provincial governments, regional genome centres, and other sources has more than doubled the total research investment to over $1.5 billion.
Genome Canada and the Ontario government have shared Ontario Genomics’ operating costs. As with the other regional centres, Genome Canada looks to Ontario Genomics to cultivate and provide (or assist in finding) co-funding for potential projects and to provide program management oversight of projects that it funds. Genome Canada has provided approximately half of the funding for the genomics projects in Ontario Genomics’ portfolio.
Ontario Genomics also works closely with the other regional genome centres, and partners with them on individual research projects and program planning as the opportunities arise: