College Sponsored Research Income Jumps 20.8% to $271 Million
Cégep de Trois Rivières, Humber College and Niagara College
Head National Ranking

Toronto ON, 27 January 2022.  Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges reported a total of $270.9 million of sponsored research income in Fiscal 2020, according to Research Infosource Inc., which today released its annual ranking.  The Fiscal 2020 total represents a substantial 20.8% increase on Fiscal 2019.  Research income was in the form of research grants, contracts and contributions from third parties.  Cégep de Trois Rivières headed the list with $19.5 million of research income, followed by Humber College ($15.0 million) and Niagara College ($13.9 million). Lambton College ($12.5 million) and NAIT – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology ($12.3 million) – rounded out the top 5.  Overall, research income increased at 39 colleges and declined at 11 others.

“Fiscal 2020 was an outstanding year for college research”, said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource.  “An unprecedented number of institutions – 32 – reported triple or double-digit increases in their research income, which is reflected in the large overall total research colleges gain.  It seems that college research was really on a roll in Fiscal 2020.”  

In Fiscal 2020, Federal Government sources accounted for 35% of total funding ($94.3 million) and Industry sources contributed another 32% ($86.8 million).  Provincial Governments added 24% ($64.4 million) to the total.  Colleges completed a total of 3,655 research projects in Fiscal 2020 and engaged in 4,847 research partnerships with outside organizations – companies, governments and not-for-profit organizations.  They engaged 3,784 students to work on paid research projects, which provided the students with valuable training.

Humber College led the Large college category in Fiscal 2020 with $6.5 million of industry research income, while Niagara College led the Medium category ($9.8 million) and Cégep de la Pocatière ($4.6 million) headed the Small grouping.  Mohawk College topped the Large college category, receiving 50.3% of its research income from industry, along with Niagara College (Medium 70.3%) and Cégep de La Pocatière (Small 66.6%).

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Further, for complete analysis, additional rankings, a Focus on Canada’s Recovery: Research is Key and other editorial content check out Canada’s Innovation Leaders (CIL) 2021 coming March 2022

About Research Infosource Inc.

Research Infosource Inc. is Canada’s source of R&D intelligence.  Drawing from proprietary databases, Research Infosource publishes Canada’s Innovation Leaders, which includes Canada’s Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders, Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals and Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges.  As well, Research Infosource publishes specialized reports

For additional information or for an interview, please contact:   Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc. Cell: 416-879-9000, Email:                                              

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