AFMC applauds Federal Government for investments in young researchers and Indigenous students

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 20, 2019 The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased with the federal government’s investment in scholarships and fellowships in Budget 2019, which will invest $114 million over five years, with $26.5 million per year going to the federal granting councils’ Canada Graduate Scholarship program to create 500 master’s and 167 doctoral scholarship awards. Funding for parental leave has been expanded from 6 to 12 months for students and postdoctoral fellows who receive granting council funding.

“AFMC recognizes the commitments of the Government of Canada to supporting researchers in training and the efforts made to improve equity and inclusion” says Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC.

AFMC also commends the $327 million investment over 5 years to renew the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, an Inuit-led post-secondary strategy through an investment of $125M and a Metis-led strategy through an investment of $362M, each over 10 years.

“We are thankful for the government’s focus on improving the quality of life for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples in Canada” says Dr. Brian Postl, Chair of the AFMC Board of Directors.