Canada studies at risk

July 13, 2007

Canadian studies in the UK are facing the "grievous blow" of losing their Canadian Government funding, which would jeopardise much of what the discipline has achieved in recent decades, according to the British Association for Canadian Studies.

For about 30 years, there has been a funding partnership between the Canadian Government and the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom, a joint venture with the Canadian High Commission in London. Each currently provides C$250,000 (£118,000) a year to support teaching and research, and the BACS estimates that this leverages nine times that amount in terms of overheads, salaries and time.

But it warns that federal government funding is now under threat, following a change of government from the Liberals to the Conservatives, and a tightening of budgets.

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