Canadian municipalities gain access to Mitacs funding, talent, and solutions

Specialized knowledge and skills to advance innovation, policy, and local projects

Vancouver, BC — Thanks to the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments, municipalities can now partner with Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation by solving organizational challenges with research solutions from colleges and universities.

Through Mitacs internship programs, municipalities can access a range of research expertise from Canada’s postsecondary institutions. Mitacs interns — ranging from college and polytechnic students, university undergraduate and graduate students, to postdoctoral fellows — can help municipalities address a broad range of challenges from infrastructure renewal including waterways and roads, to agricultural and food supply issues, to the unprecedented challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mitacs recognizes the crucial role that municipalities play in generating social and economic benefits to Canada, by providing critical services to citizens, building sustainable infrastructure, developing local solutions to serious global issues like climate change, and ensuring that economic growth is inclusive and meaningful.

For example, in Ontario, Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores needed help understanding the implications of the unique labour market dynamics of a rural region in transition. Along with Mitacs support, they conducted a case study of the area to better understand how businesses and community leadership can better address the challenges and opportunities emerging from changing demographics and leading to enhanced economic development.

For more information on how municipalities can leverage their budgets to tap into Mitacs’s national research network, contact a local business development expert.

About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.
  • For information about Mitacs and its programs, see