Governments of Canada and Ontario announce infrastructure funding for Ontario post-secondary institutions



    ST. CATHARINES, ON, May 25 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister
of Industry, and the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities, today launched a week of good news for Ontario's
universities and colleges with the announcement of the first round of
infrastructure investments delivering more than $1 billion in new funding for
28 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario.
    These investments are funded by both levels of government and in some
cases with contributions from the post-secondary institutions. The Ontario
government in the 2009 Budget committed to invest $780 million in its colleges
and universities to modernize facilities and boost long-term research and
skills training capacity over the next two years. As part of Canada's Economic
Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure
Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support
infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The joint
funding announcement today celebrates the first round of projects to qualify
under the program in Ontario. The second round of projects is to be announced
May 29 2009.
    "Our government's investment provides significant short-term economic
stimulus in local communities throughout Ontario, while at the same time
strengthening Canada's long-term capacity for research and innovation," said
Minister Clement. "The renewal of college and university facilities will
encourage more world-class researchers to work in Canada and give them the
tools they need to make further discoveries that will benefit Canadians and
people around the world."
    "Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
our government's plan to strengthen the economy," said Minister Milloy. "With
today's investments, we are supporting new construction and renovation
projects which will create jobs in the short-term and provide more
opportunities for our students to develop the skills they need to for the jobs
of the future."
    The investment today totals 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.
    This infrastructure program will provide real economic stimulus and
employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and
technicians. It is also helping to generate the advanced technological
infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at
the forefront of scientific advancement.
    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, 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 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.

    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.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
                       KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
    

    Canada and Ontario are making infrastructure investments totaling 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, equally funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario,
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 postsecondary
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 were 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 which were used in
project selection. Projects were 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.
    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.

    
    CONTACTS

    Local MP
    Local MPP

    Chris Day
    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    613-991-0700

    Annette Phillips
    Office of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
    (416) 326-5748

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

    (*)  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: (media only), please contact: Pema Lhalungpa,
Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry,
Government of Canada, (613) 995-9001; Media Relations, Industry Canada, (613)
943-2502; Annette Phillips, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable John
Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 326-5748; Tanya
Blazina, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities, (416) 325-2746

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