Government announces scientific integrity policy

By: Sam Garnett

July 31, 2018

Kirsty Duncan, now Minister of Science and Sport, has announced the federal governments new Model on Scientific Integrity Policy. The policy aims to set a framework for keeping science in Canada open and away from political interference. It includes aims intended to ensure scientists can freely communicate their research, increase reliability of government science, and increase public trust in government science. The policy also will mandate that all federal departments and agencies must develop their own scientific integrity policy by the end of 2018, and progress on this will be reported annually to the Chief Science Advisor, Secretary of the Treasury Board, and the President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC).

This policy marks more progress towards the Liberal governments stated commitment to strengthening science in Canada. So far they have reinstated the Office of the Chief Science Advisor, conducted a large scale Fundamental Science Review, increased federal funding for research, among other initiatives.

Read more about the Scientific Integrity Policy here.