Canada and Ontario invest in Balsillie Centre of Excellence in Global Policy



    Investment will create jobs, stimulate local economy

    WATERLOO, ON, May 25 /CNW/ - John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities and Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo,
today announced an investment of $50 million for the Balsillie Centre of
Excellence in Global Policy, part of the Centre for International Governance
and Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo.
    The Ontario and federal governments are each providing $25 million for
the new Balsillie Centre. The federal investment is part of the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program. The centre will provide programs through and in
various Canadian universities but will be located in Waterloo beside the CIGI
campus. CIGI is a think-tank specializing in international governance, and
works with scholars and decision-makers around the world to promote governance
reform.
    This investment is part of Ontario's 2009 Budget commitment to invest in
Ontario's colleges and universities over two years and the federal
government's two-year, $2 billion plan to repair and expand research and
educational facilities at colleges and universities across Canada. These joint
investments are to help provide economic stimulus and promote employment by
creating construction jobs as well as employment for engineers, architects,
other tradespeople and technicians. They are also helping to improve teaching
facilities and generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to
keep Ontario's colleges and universities at the forefront of scientific
advancement.
    "Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
our government's plan to strengthen the economy," said Milloy. "By investing
at the Balsillie Centre today, the Ontario government is supporting new
construction and renovation projects which will create construction jobs in
the short-term and provide more opportunities for our students to develop the
skills they need for the jobs of the future."
    "This investment in the Balsillie Centre of Excellence in Global Policy
will help develop a new generation of Canadian and international leaders,
while providing significant short-term economic stimulus to
Kitchener-Waterloo," said Braid. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our
government is supporting learning and innovation, creating jobs to speed our
economic recovery, and improving the quality of life for all Canadians."
    "We are grateful for the support we have received today, and from the
very beginning, of both the federal and provincial governments," said John
English, executive director of CIGI. "These grants will enable CIGI to create
a unique centre of excellence that will serve as a vehicle of partnership
among CIGI, global research institutions and the academic and policy
communities in Canada. Networking, capacity-building and knowledge sharing are
central to CIGI's work and our mandate."
    "This is another positive step for the vision which we started to build
with CIGI in 2002," said Jim Balsillie, CIGI Founder and Chair. "Today's
support from both the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario is
further proof that the most pressing issues of our time require investment and
long-term commitment to build capacity in international affairs."
    Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating
jobs, both the Governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a
number of large-scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they
need it most.
    Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy
over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through
$12 billion in new infrastructure investment, across Canada, which includes
the $2 billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next
substantive investment in the Government of Canada's multi-year Science and
Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.
    Through the 2009 Ontario Provincial Budget - Confronting the Challenge:
Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in
infrastructure for Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion
contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000
jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy. These investments build on the Ontario
government's five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment
plan, which was completed in 2008-09, one year ahead of schedule.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure
(http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html).

    Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize
infrastructure (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/) across the
province.

    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

    Learn more about provincial solutions for Ontario
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2009/)


    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
                       KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
    

    Canada and Ontario are making infrastructure investments of more than $1
billion in capital projects at colleges and universities across Ontario.
    Through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the 2009 Ontario
budget, both governments are moving quickly to help modernize facilities and
boost long-term research and skills training capacity at provincial colleges
and universities.
    The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a two-year, $2-billion economic
stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary
institutions across Canada. Ontario's 2009 provincial budget set aside $780
million for infrastructure investments at colleges and universities.
    The program provides funding to support deferred maintenance, repair and
expansion projects at universities and colleges, and responds directly to the
need indicated by postsecondary institutions to improve existing campus
infrastructure across the country.
    The Program has two components. The university component gives preference
to projects that can improve the quality of research and development at the
institution. The college component supports projects at other post-secondary
institutions, such as colleges, publicly funded polytechnic schools and
institutes of technology, which will strengthen their ability to deliver
advanced knowledge and skills training.
    Projects are assessed according to their ability to quickly and
effectively generate economic activity and support job creation. Project
readiness and economic impact are, therefore, key criteria used in project
selection. Projects are also assessed on their ability to enhance research
capacity, support the attraction of new students and provide a better
educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow.
    The Program will not only generate economic benefits and support job
creation, but will also have an important positive net impact on the
environment by reducing energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
improving waste management at universities and colleges across Canada.
    Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our
Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure
for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion
contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000
jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy. These investments build on the Ontario
government's five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment
plan, which was completed in 2008-09, one year ahead of schedule.
    Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy
over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through
$12 billion in new infrastructure investment across Canada, which includes the
$2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next
substantive investment in the Government of Canada's multi-year Science and
Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

    For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program,
including program criteria, application instructions and a list of the
approved projects to date, please visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

    For information about how the Government of Ontario is helping to build
and revitalize infrastructure across the province, please visit:
http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure.

    
    Knowledge Infrastructure Investments in Ontario Post-Secondary
    Institutions

    The investment leverages more than $1.476 billion over two years,
including $587 million in federal funding, $641.2 million in provincial
funding, and $248.1 million from other funding sources, including the private
sector, charitable contributions, and the universities and colleges
themselves.
    For information about a specific project, please contact the relevant
institution.

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                                        Federal      Provincial      Other
    Institution  Project Description  Contribution  Contribution Contribution
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Brock        Niagara Health &      38,000,390 (*)33,500,000   23,909,610
    University,  Bioscience Research
    St.          Complex
    Catharines
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Carleton     Interdisciplinary     26,250,000   26,250,000     3,200,000
    University,  Academic Building
    Ottawa       (River Site)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laurentian   Vale Inco Living with  5,152,676  (*)5,000,000   10,099,824
    University,  Lakes Centre
    Sudbury
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    McMaster     Centre for Spinal      8,250,000    8,250,000     3,500,000
    University,  Cord Injury and Cancer
    Hamilton     Education and Rehab
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Queens       School of Medicine,   28,818,000   28,818,000    19,210,000
    University,  New Building
    Kingston
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ryerson      Image Arts & New      16,450,000   16,450,000             0
    University,  Media Teaching and
    Toronto      Research Building
                 Renewal
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Trent        Health Sciences       10,800,000 (xx)20,200,000  10,400,000
    University,  Centre Symons Campus
    Peterborough
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Development of an     16,817,500   16,817,500             0
    of Guelph    Environmental Cluster
    Guelph
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Energy Systems and    22,703,759   22,703,759             0
    of Ontario   Nuclear Science
    Institute    Research Centre
    of
    Technology,
    (UOIT)
    Oshawa
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Vanier Hall           30,000,000   50,000,000    32,500,000
    of Ottawa    Renovation and
    Ottawa       Tower Addition,
                 Faculty of Social
                 Sciences
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Laboratory Centre     35,000,000   35,000,000             0
    of Toronto
    Mississauga
    Mississauga
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Instructional Lab     35,000,000   35,000,000             0
    of Toronto   Project, UofT
    Scarborough  Scarborough
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Innovation Centre      5,500,000    5,500,000     9,000,000
    of Toronto   for Canadian Mining
    Toronto      Industry (St. George
                 Campus)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University   Centre for            40,000,000 (*)40,000,000   30,000,000
    of Windsor   Engineering
    Windsor      Innovation
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Wilfrid      Research and          13,000,000   13,000,000             0
    Laurier      Academic Centre
    University,  (Brantford)
    Brantford    Phase A
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    York         Life Sciences         35,000,000   35,000,000             0
    University,  Centre
    Toronto
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centre       Balsillie Centre      25,000,000   25,000,000    50,000,000
    for          of Excellence
    International
    Governance
    Innovation
    Waterloo
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Algonquin    Environmental         35,000,000 (*)35,000,000    2,700,000
    College,     Demonstration Centre
    Ottawa       for Construction
                 Trades and Building
                 Bridges
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Canadore     Parry Sound Campus     3,100,000     3,100,000            0
    College of
    Applied
    Arts and
    Technology,
    Parry Sound
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Conestoga    School of Engineering 38,172,686 (xx)34,276,608  30,962,206
    College,     and Information
    Cambridge    Technology
    Waterloo
    Guelph
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Durham       Oshawa Campus         10,000,000    10,000,000            0
    College of   Renovation and
    Applied      Expansion
    Arts and
    Tech,
    Oshawa
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Fanshawe     Centre for            15,925,000    15,925,000            0
    College,     Applied
    London       Transportation
                 Technologies
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    George       The Centre for        30,000,000  (*)61,500,000   3,500,000
    Brown        Health Sciences
    College,     on Toronto
    Toronto      Waterfront
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    La Cité      Emergency Services    13,000,000    13,000,000      645,200
    Collegiale,  Training Centre 911
    Ottawa       Institute
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Niagara      Applied Health        20,000,000    20,000,000            0
    College      Institute
    Welland
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northern     Centre of Excellence   6,168,000  (*)8,000,000    3,194,000
    College,     for Trades and
    Timmins      Technology
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sheridan     New Mississauga       15,615,742    15,615,742   15,258,056
    College      Campus
    Institute
    of
    Technology
    and Advanced
    Learning,
    Mississauga
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loyalist     Sustainable Skills,    8,287,500     8,287,500            0
    College of   Technology and Life
    Applied      Sciences Centre
    Arts and
    Tech,
    Belleville
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                               Total  587,011,253   641,194,109  248,078,896
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    (*)    Indicates province's contribution was provided for these projects
           within the last 12-18 months.
    (xx)   Indicates part of province's contribution was provided for these
           projects within the last 12-18 months.
    





For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Office of Canada's Transport and
Infrastructure Minister, (613) 991-0700; Annette Phillips, Office of the
Honourable John Milloy, (416) 326-5748; Paul Stickney, Office of MP Peter
Braid, (226) 220-5341; Tanya Blazina, Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities, (416) 325-2746

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