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 the six 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, as well as the economic, environmental, ethical, legal, and social issues (GE3LS) that these efforts engender.
Over the past sixteen years, Genome Canada has invested in more than 250 large-scale research projects and technology platforms through the regional genome centres. Co-funding from commercial partners, industry, philanthropic organizations, provincial governments and regional genome centres has more than doubled the total research investment to over $3 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, provide, or assist in finding co-funding for potential projects, and to provide program management to its funded projects. Genome Canada has provided approximately half of the funding for the genomics projects in Ontario Genomics’ portfolio.
Ontario Genomics also works closely with the five other regional genome centres, partnering with them on individual research projects and program planning as the opportunities arise: