Canada opens Photonics Fabrication Centre

June 13, 2005, Ottawa, Canada--The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and Carleton University officially opened the NRC Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (NRC-CPFC) in Ottawa.

The $43 million facility is a partnership between NRC and Carleton University to support growth of the photonics sector. It offers companies, universities, and other institutions access to fabrication services to develop leading edge photonic devices.

"NRC has tremendous confidence in the future of photonics research and sees market opportunities in the many billions of dollars, reaching across a wide range of industrial and social interests. This facility is an excellent example of what Canada is doing to bridge the gap between research and commercialization," said Dr. Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President, NRC, at the opening of the Centre, which coincided with an international symposium at NRC on commercializing photonics research.

The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario contributed $30 million and $13 million respectively to the capital cost of the building and leading edge equipment. NRC will assume the operating costs of the new facility. The centre is located at the NRC laboratories in Ottawa to take advantage of the Council's extensive research expertise, facilities and networks.

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