Simcoe, Ontario – Expanding young people’s knowledge of, interest in and understanding of science and engineering is increasingly important to prepare them for 21st-century Canada. In this spirit, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today marked the launch of National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
From October 12 to 21, more than 100 Canadian organizations, including museums, schools and science centres, will host events and activities to inspire youth to consider careers in science and engineering.
“Our government understands that sparking the interest of our young people in science paves the way for Canada’s long-term economic prosperity,” said Ms. Finley. “By encouraging and supporting our next generation of scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, we are investing in the breakthroughs and knowledge workers of tomorrow.”
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government committed to creating opportunities for high-quality jobs and economic growth. Ensuring that young people have the skills they need to succeed and contribute to Canadian society is a key element of this commitment.
By supporting the grassroots efforts of various programs and organizations that cultivate young people’s interest in science, the Harper Government is encouraging more young people to consider science and engineering as career choices. This is an investment in renewing and expanding the country’s highly skilled workforce and, ultimately, an investment inCanada’s future.
NSTW raises awareness of the importance of science and technology while celebrating Canada’s role as a leader in innovation. During NSTW, Canadians in communities across the country are invited to participate in activities and events celebrating science and technology.
For more information on NSTW, visit the Science and Technology for Canadians website (Science.gc.ca).
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For further information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)