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YSC receives $600K grant from NSERC PromoScience

Ottawa, June 11, 2021 – Youth Science Canada, the national organization behind the Canada-Wide Science Fair, has been selected as one of 81 recipients for a PromoScience grant from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Over the next three years, YSC will receive a total of $600,000 to be used to introduce more Canadian middle and secondary school students to the world of STEM projects, scientific inquiry and peer-to-peer STEM learning at the virtual or hybrid Canada-Wide Science Fair.

“With the support of partners like NSERC, Youth Science Canada is able to share the incredible work of Canada’s young scientists, engineers and innovators with other students and teachers across the country,” says Caroline Whippey, chair of the board at Youth Science Canada. “Our experience over the past two years has demonstrated, even beyond our expectations, that there is deep and wide interest in science and exploration among our Canadian youth and that it unites us all, which is particularly valuable in our current context.”

In 2018, Youth Science Canada received a similar three-year PromoScience grant from NSERC for $540,000. It was used to increase the capacity for Youth Science Canada to welcome student visitors at the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Youth Science Canada received its first NSERC PromoScience grant in 2001 to help support its Team Canada program, which sends Canadian students to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), one of the world’s foremost youth STEM competitions, held annually in various cities across the United States.  Eight Canadian students participated in Team Canada-ISEF this year, six of whom took home awards.

More than 51,000 students and teachers registered for virtual field trips to the 2021 Canada-Wide Science Fair, held May 17 to 21.

To learn more about Youth Science Canada, please visit For more information on NSERC’s PromoScience grant program, visit


About Youth Science Canada
Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through STEM projects. A registered charity incorporated in 1962, YSC delivers on its mission through national programs including mySTEMspace, the National STEM Fair Network, Canada-Wide Science Fair, STEM Expo, “Team Canada” representation at international fairs and Smarter Science professional development for teachers. Through these programs, YSC provides direct support to the more than 500,000 students who do STEM projects in any given year. For more information, visit

NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect the makers and users of discoveries. Research partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

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