Federal spending on science and technology–decreasing steadily in Canada since 2009-2010–will decrease again this year.
Statistics Canada says Ottawa will spend 3.3 per cent less than last year, to $10.5 billion.
The federal recording agency says research and development will account for two-thirds of anticipated science and technology spending.
The finding is contained in Statistics Canada’s annual survey of all federal government departments and agencies believed to be performing or funding science and technology activities.
The survey was released Tuesday and covers the period from Sept. 10, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013.
The decrease quickly led to criticism of the Conservative Party government by the Official Opposition New Democratic Party.
In a statement, the NDP said, “In their 2011 election platform, Conservatives promised to ‘promote innovation – and ultimately to help create good jobs and foster long-term economic growth.”
“Their short-term vision for research and technology will instead significantly harm Canadian economic development in the coming years.”
The Tories say they have made record investments in science and technology.