I think that perhaps it gets away a little from the question around some of the apprenticeship training, because that funding envelope is being proposed to cover overhead and the continuing ability of the colleges to provide applied research support to business.
Then it is the matter of businesses coming into the polytechnic institutions and asking for support when it comes to commercialization, taking products to market, tech adoption, really thinking about some of their R and D challenges as small and medium-sized businesses that they might not be able to undertake on their own.
These applied research offices operate on a grant system. It comes out of NSERC and the college and community innovation program. They don't have access to ongoing funds to keep staff employed and to ensure they're doing the business development and knowledge mobilization work.