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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email:

September 06, 2019

Nova Scotia's higher education sector research and development (R&D) spending increased by 2.6 per cent in 2017/2018.  This is lower than the average pace of growth since 2000.  Across the country, higher education R&D spending slowed in all provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Saskatchewan relative to the average pace growth since 2000. Spending declined in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick in 2017/2018. Overall, Nova Scotia's higher education sector spent $427.5 million on R&D, up from $416.5 million in 2016/2017.

On a per capita basis, Nova Scotia's higher education sector has the second largest R&D expenditures in the country at $450 per capita. Only Newfoundland and Labrador's higher education institutions spend more on research and development.  

When measured as a percentage of GDP, higher education R&D is the largest in the country at 1.0 per cent of GDP in both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Quebec's was the next highest at 0.9 per cent of GDP.  

Higher education R&D spending has trended up in Nova Scotia since 2000/2001, growing from under 0.8 per cent of GDP in 2001/2002 to over 1.0 per cent of GDP in recent years. In the last 15 years, Canada's higher education R&D spending has fluctuated in a narrow range between 0.63 and 0.70 per cent of GDP.  

Note: 'CAGR' = Compound annual growth rate

Source: Statistics Canada, Table  27-10-0025-01   Provincial estimates of research and development expenditures in the higher education sector, by funding sector and type of science (x 1,000,000)

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