Government of Canada invests in Mitacs through the National Quantum Strategy

Ottawa, ON – Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering innovation in Canada, today announced that they will receive an investment of $40 million from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) through the National Quantum Strategy.  

First announced in January 2023, the National Quantum Strategy will help amplify Canada’s position as a leader in quantum research and help foster Canadian quantum companies and grow a talent pipeline in the field. 

Mitacs will support the attraction, training, retention, and deployment of highly qualified personnel in quantum science and technology and support R&D and innovation in the field through innovation internship experiences and professional skills development. This work will bring major benefits to companies working in the field.  

Quantum technology is the future and Mitacs looks forward to continuing to partner with the federal government to ensure Canada’s remains at the leading edge of this important and growing sector.  


The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry  

“Quantum technologies will shape the course of the economy of the future. Canada is leading the way and is well-positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities. Through the National Quantum Strategy, Mitacs will help support a resilient economy by strengthening our research, businesses, and talent. Mitacs interns will help build our quantum future, giving Canada a leading edge and a competitive advantage for decades to come.” 

John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs  

“Mitacs is pleased that the Government of Canada has chosen it as one of the organizations tasked with implementing the National Quantum Strategy. Access to a robust pipeline of talent from Canada and around the world will be critical to ensuring Canada’s continued competitiveness in the sector. We look forward to working to support innovative research in the field, which has the potential to change all aspects of our lives.”  

About Mitacs 

  • Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Mitacs assists organizations in reaching their goals, funds cutting-edge innovation, and creates job opportunities for students and postdocs. 
  • A not-for-profit organization, Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, 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. 
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