NDP MLA Chen says new grants support research that will improve people’s lives

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Burnaby – New Democrat MLA Katrina Chen says that new research funding for Simon Fraser University Burnaby will improve the lives of the visually impaired community by creating accessible tools that enable blind or low vision (BLV) individuals to learn basic electronics and computing skills without relying on vision.

“This project not only empowers the blind and visually impaired community to explore the world of electronics and computing but also symbolizes the transformative power of education,” says Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “This initiative has the potential to profoundly improve lives, opening doors to a future where every individual, regardless of ability, can thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of technology.”

Through the latest round of BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) grants, the B.C. New Democrat government is providing $2.5 million to support infrastructure at 16 research projects at five universities. Since 2017, the BCKDF has awarded more than $220 million to over 460 projects in B.C.


SFU Burnaby is receiving $100,000 as part of the BCKDF to help fund the following research project:

  • An Accessible Physical Computing Environment for Blind or Low-Vision People


The BCKDF helps grow the economy by improving B.C.’s productivity and competitiveness – a key objective of B.C.’s Economic Plan. Along with the potential for commercialization, spinoffs and patents, this research helps us discover new ways to manage our environment and improve the health and well-being of British Columbians.

By investing in research infrastructure projects, the B.C. government is continuing to support post-secondary institutions to build toward a more innovative, sustainable, and inclusive future.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/29688