Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

Research, development funding up nine per cent in Maritimes (08/11/25)

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Nov. 25, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Spending on research and development in the Maritime provinces increased by almost nine per cent between 2004 and 2005, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) announced today.

The MPHEC released statistics on research and development funding in each Maritime province and university. Statistical tables, available at, include:

Between 1996 and 2005, expenditures on research and development in the Maritimes increased by 80 per cent to $770 million from $424 million. Expenditures increased $63 million from 2004.

Nova Scotia accounted for $464 million, or nearly 60 per cent, of the $770 million total. Spending in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island totalled $243 million and $63 million, respectively.

Research and development funding in Prince Edward Island increased nearly 54 per cent between 2004 and 2005. This increase appears to be largely due to an investment in bioresources by the National Research Council. During the same period, funding increased by eight per cent in Nova Scotia and five per cent in New Brunswick.

In the Maritimes, the higher education sector has a greater proportion of research and development funding than the national average, but business enterprise expenditures lag.

The MPHEC was established in 1974. Its 20 members, drawn from the Maritime provinces, represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the public. Its mission is to help institutions and governments to improve post-secondary education.

As part of this mandate, the MPHEC collects and maintains data pertaining to post-secondary education in the Maritimes. It also conducts research on issues in post-secondary education. Reports and research articles are available free of charge at


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa O'Connell, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-444-5456,