12:00 AM, March 4, 2009
The Government of Canada is investing over $35 million for 24 new research projects to enhance Canadian security, said Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "In partnership with the first responder community, the Department of National Defence plays an important role protecting Canadians from serious threats to their security," said Minister MacKay. "These research projects will give first responders, including police officers, fire fighters and other public safety officials, some of the tools necessary to help prevent the most serious threats". These new research projects will strengthen Canada's ability to deal with potential chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives threats. Private sector and academic recipients were chosen to receive funding based on how their project responds to science and technology priorities for public safety and security. These research projects are funded under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives Research & Technology Initiative (CRTI) managed by Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Department of National Defence .