Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement in Saskatoon on Wednesday.
He said there's work to be done on diseases that continue to haunt market access, such as blackleg and sclerotinia.
Joan Heath, chair of SaskCanola and a canola farmer near Radisson, said blackleg has the potential to wipe out a crop.
Heath said research projects like this one are critical to keeping Saskatchewan's canola industry as a whole thriving.
Another $1.4 million dollars was given to the research through a levy paid by the 26,000 members of SaskCanola.
Saskatchewan produces almost half of Canada's canola which contributes over $5.4 billion a year to the province's economy.