Government of Canada Supports Brain Canada’s Research Programs to Improve Brain Health

The Government of Canada recognizes the high rates of brain and neurological diseases, disorders, illnesses, and other health conditions. Together, they impact thousands of people across Canada. One in three people in Canada will face a neurological disease or neuropsychiatric disorder in their lifetime. As Canada’s population ages, incidences of brain diseases and disorders, and the cost of caring for affected individuals, are expected to rise. This puts additional stress on an already strained system. 

On May 31, 2024, at an event at the Douglas Research Centre, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s support to the advancement of brain research in Canada. Budget 2024 announced renewed funding to Brain Canada Foundation with a commitment of $80 million over four years.

“Our government’s continued investment in Brain Canada underscores our commitment to advancing brain health research. By supporting innovative studies and collaboration, we are taking important steps towards understanding and treating neurological conditions, ultimately improving quality of life for all people in Canada.”

The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health

As it has done since the Canada Brain Research Fund was established in 2011, Brain Canada will match the federal contribution with private and nonfederal government dollars on a 1:1 basis. This unique business model will double the latest investment. The grand total will reach $160 million for brain research in Canada by 2028.

“We welcome the Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to brain research. This funding serves as recognition of Brain Canada’s critical role in the Canadian research ecosystem. We look forward to working closely with our donors and partners to double the government’s investment and accelerate scientific discovery for the benefit of people living with brain conditions. Together we are helping to improve the brain health of people in Canada.”

Dr. Viviane Poupon, president & CEO of Brain Canada.

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Dr. Naguib Mechawar, co-director of the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank gives elected officials, including Ministers Miller and Guilbeault, a tour of the Brain Bank on Friday, May 31.

Member of Parliament for Outremont, Rachel Bendayan, and Laval—Les Îles MP Fayçal El-Khoury pictured with Brain Canada President & CEO Viviane Poupon, and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault at the public announcement of the funding on Friday, May 31.