About BIO

The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario is located on the University of Guelph campus, west of Gordon St., between the Animal Science Bldg and the Bovey Building. This facility is home to various functional working groups and specialized infrastructure units that contribute to BIO’s mission.

The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario is a large-scale project supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI), Genome Canada (GC), and the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI). BIO research programs are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and other sources.

The University of Guelph

Guelph’s university (www.uoguelph.ca) history dates back to 1874 when the Ontario government bought a five hundred acre farm and the School of Agriculture opened with an enrolment of 28 students. In 1880, the school’s name was changed to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and by 1891, the degree program was fully running and short courses were offered to the general public.

The OAC was only one of the three founding colleges of the University of Guelph. The second was the Macdonald Institute (Mac), and the third founding college, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), moved to Guelph from Toronto in 1922. OAC, Mac, and the OVC amalgamated in 1964, gaining official University status. Today, covering 1,017 acres, the campus is an attractive blend of historic architecture, brick walkways, and green space. While maintaining its connections to agricultural and rural life, the University of Guelph also influences the arts, culture and all domains of science. In fact, the University is now regularly ranked as the top comprehensive university in Canada. With an undergraduate enrolment of about 15,000 students, it makes a serious contribution to the national educational system. With an annual research budget in excess of $150M and more than 2000 graduate students, Guelph is also one of the most research-intensive universities in Canada.