OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the federal government is expected to spend less on science and technology in the coming year.
The federal agency says spending for the 2013-14 fiscal year is expected to decrease 3.3 per cent from the previous period to $10.5 billion.
It adds research and development is expected to 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, released Tuesday, covers the period from Sept. 10, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013.
Statistics Canada says spending on science and technology has been steadily decreasing since 2009-10.