The federal government in Canada is touting its large investment in the CFI, which provides funding for infrastructure. Many scientists have welcomed this move, but are concerned about the simultaneous cuts that are being inflicted on basic research grants. With no money for operating, what use is a nice new lab?
Another question was recently raised by a colleague that I think is important to consider. The CFI generally funds 40% of a proposed program. Another 40% comes as match from the province, and 20% in match (e.g., in-kind) from suppliers. The question is, will the new federal funds require equal match from the provinces, and if so, have the provinces got the money? If there is no match around, then that substantial new investment may never go anywhere.