Our office

In 2022, CNRS opened its office in Canada to develop and strengthen collaborative research activities across the country.

CNRS and Canadian scientists have a long tradition of research cooperation. For over six decades, they have worked together to expand the frontiers of knowledge in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Today, with around 2,600 co-publications a year, Canada is one of the CNRS’s main research partners.

In January 2022, the CNRS office in Canada was established in Ottawa. It has been set up with clear objectives: to foster new and diversified partnerships across Canada by building on existing links between scientific communities – particularly in Quebec – and to develop Franco-Canadian collaborations in line with the complementary national research and innovation strategies of the two countries.

The strategic location of the CNRS office in Canada's federal capital helps us to develop our collaborations across the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic coasts. It also ensures constructive coordination with federal entities based in Ottawa.

Jan MATAS
Director, CNRS office in Canada

While supporting structuring research initiatives, CNRS strives to link up with national dynamics and involve French universities and other research organizations. The creation in 2023 of the Canada-France Quantum Alliance (CAFQA) is one of the most recent examples. The CNRS office in Canada has actively contributed to building this International Research Network for quantum science and technology, which brings together 8 French and 8 Canadian universities.

By 2023, some 20 scientific cooperation initiatives had been deployed and funded by CNRS across Canada, from Vancouver to Quebec City: 12 projects (IRP), 10 networks (IRN), and 6 laboratories (IRL). In addition to promoting this collaborative research ecosystem, our office is expanding it by consolidating strategic partnerships with the University of Toronto and the Université de Sherbrooke: the CNRS’s two new international research centers (IRCs) in Canada, scheduled to launch in 2024.

The France-Canada Joint Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation, whose first plenary meeting was held in April 2023 in Ottawa, has amplified the potential of transatlantic cooperation in emerging technologies, energy transition, health and ocean and polar sciences. Working closely with the French Embassy in Ottawa and the Consulates General in Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Moncton, the CNRS office in Canada is actively shaping new collaborative projects in these fields.

Our missions

Represent

the CNRS to research and innovation players across Canada

Develop

structuring research collaborations between CNRS and Canadian universities

Organize

visits and workshops for high-level delegations from CNRS and Canada

Monitor

local scientific and technical activity and keep the CNRS community informed

Our team

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Jan MATAS
Director

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Arthur ROULLIN
Program Manager

Our main partners in Canada

Our main academic partners

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Université Laval

Université Laval (ULaval) is a French-language public university located in Quebec City, Quebec. Founded in 1663, it is Canada’s oldest university. ULaval has over 47,000 students and more than 9,670 employees. In 2021, the university received over $515 million in external research funding. This places it among the top 10 Canadian universities in terms of research funding. The university is particularly renowned for its excellence in the Nordic sciences.

ULaval is home to the Takuvik International Research Laboratory, created in 2011. The university is also involved in the LUMAQ International Research Project and the REHVIF International Research Network.

Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) is a French-language public research university located in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Founded in 1954, the university has 30,800 students and 7,878 employees. UdeS receives approximately $207 million a year in research funding. The university is particularly renowned for its excellence in quantum science and technology.

UdeS is home to two International Research Laboratories: LFQ and LN2. UdeS is also involved in other CNRS collaborations, including the CHOROIRP and CAJC International Research Projects, as well as the CAFQA International Research Network.

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is a research school located in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1974, it is part of the Université du Québec group. ÉTS specializes in teaching and applied research in engineering and technology. It is renowned for bridging the gap between engineering and business. ÉTS ranks 2nd among Canadian engineering schools for the number of engineering graduates. It trains 25% of Quebec’s engineers.

ÉTS is home to the ILLS International Research Laboratory, established in 2022.

Université de Montréal (UdeM), founded in 1878, is a French-language public research university located in Montreal, Canada. It is considered one of Canada’s leading universities in terms of research, and one of the largest in terms of enrolment. The university has around 45,000 students and 7,000 employees. Each year, UdeM receives over $680 million in research funding, making it the fourth largest research university in Canada.

UdeM is home to the CRM-CNRS International Research Laboratory, created in 2011. The university is also involved in other CNRS collaborations, including the ILLS International Research Laboratory and the NMC International Research Network.

The University of Ottawa (uOttawa), founded in 1865, is a public research university located in Ottawa. It is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, it enjoys easy access to the country’s major institutions. The university has around 42,000 students and employs some 10,000 people. uOttawa receives over $432 million in research funding each year from government, industry and not-for-profit partners.

In addition to hosting the CNRS office in Canada, the University of Ottawa is involved in several collaborations with the CNRS, including the POLARIS and JIN International Research Projects, as well as the CAFQA and APOLIMER International Research Networks.

The University of Toronto (U of T), founded in 1827, is a public research university located in Toronto, Ontario, and one of the world’s most prestigious universities. U of T is ranked first in Canada and among the best in the world in international rankings. It is home to some 97,000 students and employs over 20,000 people. U of T receives over $1.4 billion a year in research funding from the federal and provincial governments, the not-for-profit sector and private sector partnerships.

The University of Toronto and CNRS have a strong and promising relationship, with three Twin Research Scholars and 15 PhD student exchanges under the PhD Joint Program. U of T is also involved in the I2 International Research Network.

The University of Calgary (UCalgary), founded in 1966, is a public research university located in Calgary, Alberta. The university welcomes over 34,000 students and employs more than 5,000 people. UCalgary is particularly renowned for its excellence in health research, engineering and quantum science and technology. The university receives around $500 million a year in research funding.

The University of Calgary is directly involved in several collaborations with CNRS, including the MAPLE International Research Project and the CAFQA International Research Network.

The University of British Columbia (UBC), founded in 1908, is a public research university located in Vancouver. It’s the oldest university in British Columbia. UBC is one of Canada’s top three universities, and one of the best in the world according to international rankings. The university has around 72,000 students and employs 18,953 professors and staff. UBC receives over $700 million a year in research funding from government, industry and not-for-profit partners.

UBC is home to the PIMS International Research Laboratory, created in 2007.

Our partner organizations and agencies

Mitacs

Mitacs is a national non-profit organization that designs and implements research and training programs in Canada. Founded in 1999, Mitacs works with 60 universities, thousands of companies and the federal and provincial governments. Mitacs’ programs bring together industry and academia to advance research, meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and foster Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) is a provincial research funding agency that supports and promotes research in Quebec. The FRQ’s mission is to support the next generation of researchers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, health and the humanities. The FRQ also provides financial support in the way of fellowships and grants to graduate and postdoctoral researchers in Quebec. Every year, the FRQ supports thousands of graduate students, hundreds of research projects and dozens of research teams, centers and groups.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is Canada’s federal funding agency for research and student training in the natural sciences and engineering. NSERC is Canada’s foremost supporter of discovery and innovation. It works with universities, colleges, companies and not-for-profit organizations to remove barriers, create opportunities and attract new talent to ensure that Canada’s research community thrives.

Génomes Québec, a private not-for-profit organization created in 2000, plays a leading role in genomics research by funding the most relevant research projects and mentoring researchers to help them develop world-class expertise.

CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) is an international research organization based in Toronto, Ontario. Since its creation in 1982, CIFAR has evolved and grown from a small group of Canadian academics to a leader in the global research community. Over 1,000 researchers from more than 30 countries have contributed to its research programs as Fellows, Advisors, CIFAR AI Chairs and CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars over the years. Every year, they welcome over 3,000 international decision-makers, academics and citizens to their workshops, symposia and public events.

Our French partners in Canada