The federal government is pledging $360 million to create a national quantum strategy to support the work of Canada’s scientists and researchers.
This investment will lead to approximately 150,000 to 200,000 jobs nationwide, said federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, making the announcement at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Friday.
The Perimeter Institute is a facility dedicated to research, training and educational extension in theoretical physics.
Champagne said the strategy will do three things:
- It amplifies Canada’s existing strength in quantum research.
- Develop quantum technologies, companies and talent.
- Strengthen Canada’s global leadership in these emerging technologies.
“Quantum technologies will shape the course of the future, and that’s why it’s important for Canada to lead,” Champagne said during the announcement.
Champagne said such research can relate to innovations in things like energy, transportation and pharmaceuticals.
“We need to bring the Canadian into what we’re going to do and tell them why quantum matters to them,” he said.
Quantum Physics: “The Study of Uncertainty”
Lauren Hayward, who is a quantum researcher and faculty member at the Perimeter Institute, objected to the idea that quantum physics is the study of the unknown when asked by CBC News.
“Instead of saying it’s the study of the unknown — because I think there are many researchers who understand many aspects of quantum physics very well — I’d rather say it’s the study of the uncertain,” she said.
“Because when we move to thinking about quantum physics, we have to start thinking more about probabilities and outcomes that we’re not completely sure about, and incorporate that probabilistic nature.”
Any research that takes place is based on solid theories, Hayward said.