Research Canada looks forward to advancing Canadian health research and innovation with Liberal minority government


OTTAWA, September 21, 2021 – The Liberal Party of Canada has won a third mandate, returning with a projected 158 seats for another minority parliament. Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party is projected to claim 119 seats, the Bloc Québécois 34 seats, the NDP 25, and the Green party claiming two seats. With almost one million mail-in ballots still to count, results are still being finalized and are expected to be confirmed by Elections Canada later this week.

“We congratulate the Liberal government on its win and look forward to working with new and returning Members of Parliament to advance Canadian health research and innovation,” said Dr. Rose Goldstein, Chair of Research Canada and Professor of Medicine at McGill University. “We must now work towards maximizing the contribution of our health research and innovation ecosystem to Canada’s post-COVID recovery and our future health security, social wellbeing and economic prosperity.”

“Research Canada looks forward to continuing its work with the government and all Parliamentarians to capitalize on the lessons learned over the past two challenging years. If one thing is certain, it is that health research and health innovation are pivotal to keeping Canadians safe, healthy and productive citizens,” said Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

In the coming weeks, Research Canada will be working to unpack the Liberal platform in light of the election results to explore what another Liberal minority government will mean for Canada’s health research and innovation ecosystem, including an exclusive, Members-only Webinar with Hill+Knowlton’s Michelle McLean on September 23. Research Canada will also be working with its Members to engage newly elected Members of Parliament across the country to raise awareness and advocate for the health research and innovation ecosystem in Canada.

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

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Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs