Dale Gann, President of the Association of University Research Parks in Canada, today said: â€œWe applaud the attention given infrastructure in the budget, believing that the intent is to define infrastructure in the broadest sense of the word. We refer to knowledge-based infrastructure as an investment with proven return.”
â€œWhile roads need repair and bridges need to be built, this represents an important, but one-time transfusion,â€ Gann said. â€œBut, the return on investment for the infrastructure AURP Canada supports is significant and is ongoing. In fact, it is estimated the annual economic impact of Canadian research parks is over $3 billion with approximately 18% in the form of direct new and sustainable taxation to government.â€
He said that AURP stands ready to join with all levels of government in creating opportunities for policy-makers, industry and academic leaders to engage with each other in the common purpose of creating jobs and improving the quality of life through the stimulation of economic development.