The Government of Canada has announced support for TRIUMF's core operating budget at the level of $222.3M for five years as part of the FY2010 federal budget. The Government of British Columbia has announced an investment of $30.7M for civil construction which launches the full $63M ARIEL project for producting and studyinng isotopes for physics and medicine.
The Five-Year Plan was prepared using an public and transparent process that consulted stakeholders, communities, and patrons to develop the best possible plan for TRIUMF to serve the future of Canada. The process started in late 2007 and completed with the new plan launching on April 1, 2010.
Summary of the Five-Year Plan 2010-2015
TRIUMF is poised for a transformation. There is a convergence among the opportunities, skills and abilities of the laboratory, and the fruits of past investments. The plan for the future seizes three strategic opportunities:
- Platform technology: superconducting radio-frequency technology for next-generation accelerators;
- Platform technology: leading the emerging medical revolution; and
- Playing a major role in the world's largest scientific project, the LHC.
Support for these activities was requested under four different budget scenarions ranging from $328 million to $222 million for five-year operations and $60 million for capital infrastructure (e.g., buildings). The Government of Canada cofirmed $222.3 million of support on March 4, 2010, as part of the federal budget. The Canada Foundation for Innovation has approved a proposal led by the University of Victoria for the superconducting electron linear accelerator project at TRIUMF; this would provide approximately $20 million of the five-year budget. The Government of British Columbia announced $30.7 million of support for capital infrastructure at TRIUMF on June 22, 2010. Together, this funding is sufficient to launch TRIUMF's flagship initiative, the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL).