I'm pleased to announce that Ontario is investing $15 million in start up funding to establish the Ontario Brain Institute.

This new institute is good news on several levels.

It means Ontario's top researchers can better collaborate with each other and overtime with more and more international partners.

It also means our scientists will work more closely with people who can turn their discoveries into products and services.

All told, our new institute means new jobs, a stronger economy and better healthcare for our families.

We're able to fund this new venture because we re-prioritized within the Ministry of Research and Innovation and diverted money from the Ontario Research Fund to this new initiative.

Across our government, we're focusing on job creation, on economic growth, and managing taxpayers' money effectively.

It's about giving hope to the more than one million Ontarians living with neurological conditions.

I'm talking about new treatments like Deep Brain Stimulation to help a mum or dad with Parkinson's disease, or Stem Cell research that may one day help slow the ravages of Alzheimer's.

The number of Ontarians with dementia is expected to increase by 40 percent by 2020.

The first of the baby boomers turn 65 next year, and for people my age, concerns about developing Alzheimer's are growing and real.

That's why investing in this research is so very important, because we have the top talent right here to help the people we cherish live good lives.

Our first international partnership will be with Israel, and their interest tells me something.

Ontario can innovate.
Ontario can produce.
Ontario can compete.

I want to thank everyone here today for your enormous contribution to finding solutions to help Ontarians struggling with brain disorders and helping their families grow stronger.

Your discoveries will lead to good Ontario jobs and contribute to better healthcare around the world.

Congratulations on the success I know that you will have here, and thank you very much.

[Applause]

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

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