Widespread decline of R&D expenditure in Québec in 2012

Québec, December 4, 2014 – In Québec, in 2012, domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD)1 dropped by 4.4% in real terms, decreasing from $7,802 million to $7,456 million between 2011 and 2012 (2007 chained dollars). The decline was felt in all three performance sectors.

In the business enterprise sector, which carries the most weight, expenditure was down for the sixth consecutive year (– 5.4%) to $4,307 million, its lowest level since 2000. The government sector saw a fourth consecutive decline ($337 million in 2012), and its expenditure has been reduced by one-third since 2008. As for the higher education sector, expenditure declined by 2.6% ($2,812 million in 2012) following two years of growth.

These results were obtained from an analysis of R&D data published in the 2014 edition of the Compendium d’indicateurs de l’activité scientifique et technologique au Québec, released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec on its website.

Indicateurs statistiques sur la science, la technologie et l’innovation

Published yearly, the Compendium d’indicateurs de l’activité scientifique et technologique au Québec provides a wide range of commented and comparative statistical indicators. It illustrates Québec’s situation regarding human resources in science and technology, research and development, scientific publications, utility patents, and venture capital. The 2014 edition also looks at Internet use by households and individuals.

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1. GERD: Gross domestic expenditure on research and development includes all R&D activities performed within the territory, whatever the origin of funding.

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