Minister of Science (Canada)

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Minister of Science of Canada
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Kirsty Duncan

since 4 November 2015
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Benoît Bouchard
Formation February 23, 1990
Salary $255,300 (2017)[1] (CAD)

The Minister of Science is an office in the Cabinet of Canada that originally existing from 1990 to 1995 and was brought back in 2008.


Prior to 1990, the responsibilities of the Industry, Science and Technology portfolio were divided between the now-defunct post of Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and a Minister of State for Science and Technology.

In 1995, the portfolio was merged with that of the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to create the post of Minister of Industry. In the appointments to the Cabinet of Canada of October 30, 2008 under Stephen Harper, the portfolio was reintroduced as a Minister of State and given to Gary Goodyear.

Trudeau government[edit]

In 2015, Kirsty Duncan was appointed a Minister of State styled as "Minister of Science" to assist the Minister of Industry (the senior portfolio was also renamed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development).[2] Duncan's portfolio was expected to oversee basic research, while Navdeep Bains would oversee applied science.[3]


1. Benoît Bouchard February 23, 1990 – April 20, 1991 under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
2. Michael Wilson April 21, 1991 – June 24, 1993
3. Jean Charest June 25, 1993 – November 3, 1993 under Prime Minister Kim Campbell
4. John Manley November 4, 1993 – March 28, 1995 under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
5. Gary Goodyear October 30, 2008 – July 14, 2013 under Prime Minister Stephen Harper
6. Greg Rickford July 15, 2013 – March 18, 2014
7. Ed Holder March 19, 2014 – November 3, 2015
8. Kirsty Duncan November 4, 2015 – present under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


  1. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada. 
  2. ^ "Order in Council PC Number: 2015-1225". Privy Council Office. Government of Canada. 2015-11-04. Archived from the original on 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Why Canada now has two science ministers". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 

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