Toronto, ON – The Ontario government is providing $56 million to the University of Guelph to advance research, animal health and the Ontario Veterinary College.
The one-time funding, included in last week’s provincial budget, will also help ensure training opportunities for the next generation of researchers.
The university says it will lead efforts to explore new research areas that include sustainable food production, environmental sustainability and the bio-economy. Guelph scientists will explore the use of recyclable materials made from renewable farm crops. Crop-based materials offer great potential for use in a growing range of products, including packaging, auto parts and building materials.
There will also be activities aimed at providing improved methods for addressing emerging diseases, including surveillance and testing, as well as initiatives that address public health issues related to the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. The funding will complement and strengthen the re-development of the Animal Health Laboratory.