Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation said “By investing in spinal cord and acquired brain injury research, we are generating far-reaching impact – not only for Ontarians and our health care system, but for people around the world. Our province’s cutting-edge facilities, researchers and clinical expertise are expanding spinal cord and brain trauma research and driving new treatments. This will further solidify Ontario’s reputation as an innovative, global leader in spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury research, care and prevention.”
The province is investing $6 million in the RHF and $9 million in the ONF over three years. These investments will help researchers move innovative new discoveries from lab to clinic sooner while linking Ontario’s world-class researchers with others around the globe. Adding to the fact Rick Hansen, President and CEO, The Rick Hansen Foundation said “Thanks to the ongoing support of the Government of Ontario, RHF, in partnership with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, has galvanized Ontario’s best researchers, clinicians and scientists to accelerate the translation of the most promising research into practical solutions. This commitment enables the ongoing leveraging of federal, provincial and private sector funds to allow Canadian SCI researchers to embark on a national and global collective journey towards making a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.”
Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $3.8 billion in research and innovation and is home to one of North America’s leading concentrations of biomedical research and development. Investments in this area help position Ontario as one of the world’s top life science research centres, and help provide better services, improved health, and lower healthcare costs.
Further ,”The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation congratulates the Ontario government for their continued investment in improving the lives of Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury. With the government’s support of ONF, and in our partnership funding with the Rick Hansen Foundation, we can develop best practices, and more importantly, implement these best practices to make a difference in the lives of those living with spinal cord and acquired brain injuries. Individuals living with a neurotrauma injury, their families, their communities and all Ontarians benefit.” Said Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- 86,000 people in Canada live with spinal cord injuries. There are 4,300 new cases each year.
- RHF is a national organization with 49 initiatives currently underway in Ontario.
- Since 1988, RHF has turned the $26 million raised during Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion Tour” into a $280 million investment in spinal cord research, accessibility projects and quality of life initiatives.
- The ONF supports the research and prevention of neurotrauma injuries, and improves the quality of life for people in Ontario living with a spinal cord or acquired brain injury.
- Over the past five years the ONF has invested in over 340 projects