Build a Facility for the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes

Effective public policy needs evidence-based decision-making and this requires protection of scientific assets. The Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes is one of the five largest assemblages of its kind in the world. Established in 1886 by James Fletcher, the first official Dominion entomologist, it now contains more than 17 million specimens. Many specimens are the only known representatives of their species. The collection is actively used by entomologists in Canada and around the world to inform research on emerging crop pests and bio-control. This collection is critical to inform our understanding of change in the agricultural landscape under climate change conditions. Although one of the most important invertebrate collections in the world, it is currently stored in 1,500 metal cabinets, many scattered in the hallways of a building on the federal government’s Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, and is in jeopardy of being lost due to improper storage conditions. With a modest one-time investment, this collection could be safely retained and used to inform scientific understanding and public policy in perpetuity.

Recommended Investment:
$45 million

Carolyn Callaghan –