Ways to be Involved
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Write a letter to your MP
Sending a personal letter is an impactful way to connect with your MP and convey the importance of fundamental research for the lives of all Canadians. You can find your MP’s address here.
Here are some suggestions of what to include in your letter.
Para 1: Briefly introduce yourself: What do you research? What brought you to your field or particular research questions? (Keep it brief.)
Para 2: Introduce the Fundamental Science Review Report. What is the report about, and why is it important? Feel free to draw upon our key messages and quick facts.
Para 3: Comment on what federal funding you have already benefited from, and expand on what relevance your research has for Canada and the world. This can include direct economic, social, cultural impacts; training new generations of researchers; strengthening ties with colleagues across Canada and around the world.
Para 4: How will the recommendations from the report directly impact you and Canadian research, if implemented? What is ultimately at stake for the broader community and Canada as a whole? Your work is just one example of how supporting Canada’s research foundation is an investment in Canada’s future.
We also ask members of the University community to share your letters with us, if possible. Please send to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General tips: Use direct, active and straightforward language. Avoid jargon, acronyms and technical terms. Keep the tone positive and focus on the opportunity.
See also Evidence for Democracy for additional tips and a form to write a letter to your MP.
See an example letter from Molly Shoichet, University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering.
See an example letter from the University of Toronto Faculty Association.
Invite your MP to your lab or research activity
Providing politicians with stories and anecdotes about research projects is an impactful way to help them understand the importance of funding fundamental science.
Invite your MP to visit your lab or engage in your research as an opportunity to discuss the importance of research and how it improves the lives of Canadians.
You can find your MP’s email and address here.
- A short visit is all that is needed.
- Begin with a discussion of why you wish to encourage the government to implement the Report’s recommendations. Feel free to draw on our key messages and quick facts.
- Discuss what federal funding you have already benefited from, and what relevance your research has for Canada and the world.
- Discuss how the Report’s recommendations, if implemented, will impact you and Canadian research. This is not simply about additional money for your research, but an investment in Canada’s future.
- Take a photo during the visit, share with the MP and your networks, and use #supportthereport.
If you have any questions, please contact U of T’s Office of Government, Institutional and Community Relations.
Phone your MP’s constituency office
Phone your MP to let them know your concerns about federal research funding Canada and your support for the Naylor Report. You can find your MP’s contact details key messages and quick facts.
Send a postcard
Four #SupportTheReport postcards are available for students, faculty, staff and other supporters of Canadian research to sign and send to federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan.
The cards require no postage and can be dropped into the nearest Canada Post box by Thursday, December 14.
We also encourage people to take a selfie with their signed postcards and tag us on social media with your posts using #UofT, #SupportTheReport and #Students4TheReport. We’ll add a collection of the best to our social media #SupportTheReport social media feed, which you see at the top of this page!
The #SupportTheReport postcards can be picked up at:
- Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Room 109 in Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle
- 65 St. George Street
- 63 St. George grad student lounge
More locations will be added as they are confirmed.
If you would like batches of postcards sent directly to you, please contact email@example.com.
Social media tips
- If you’re active on social media, tag your social posts with #supportthereport.
- Take a selfie after signing a postcard (coming soon in print form) and share on Instagram and Facebook, or just share your thoughts on why supporting research should matter to all Canadians.
- Please tag U of T in your posts (@UofT on Twitter and Instagram) and we’ll share the best, most inventive posts with our followers!
- U of T Twitter account: https://twitter.com/UofT
- U of T Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/uoft/
- U of T Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/universitytoronto/