Governments of Canada and Ontario announce more funding for projects at Ontario's colleges and universities



    BARRIE, ON, May 29 /CNW/ - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of
State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, made a second announcement
this week to invest an additional $450 million to improve Ontario's colleges
and universities and stimulate the province's economy. Today's funding is in
addition to more than $1 billion announced Monday and brings the total
investment to almost $1.5 billion.
    The Ministers were joined by Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for
Barrie, and Aileen Carroll, Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie.
    These investments in infrastructure are funded by both levels of
government and in some cases with contributions from the postsecondary
institutions. The Ontario government's 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 postsecondary
institutions. The joint funding announcement today celebrates the second round
of projects to qualify under the program in Ontario. The first round of
projects was announced May 25, 2009.
    "At a time of economic uncertainty, the Government of Canada is making a
strong intervention to stimulate economic activity through the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program," said Minister of State Goodyear. "This initiative to
renew Canada's college and university infrastructure will provide a
significant short-term economic stimulus and strengthen Canada's position as a
world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians."
    "Taken together, the announcements we have made this week will provide an
immediate economic stimulus by putting almost $1.5 billion dollars into
Ontario's economy," said Minister Milloy. "These solid improvements to our
postsecondary infrastructure will further support our knowledge-based economy,
and enrich the education of many thousands of students for generations to
come."
    The investment today and Monday leverages more than $2.1 billion over two
year, including $780 million in federal funding, $980.9 million in provincial
funding, and $356.1 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 of $1.5 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 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 priority
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.
    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 $2 billion over two years, including
$780 million in federal funding, $981 million in provincial funding, and $356
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.

    
                       Projects Announced May 29, 2009
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    Institution      Project        Federal        Provincial       Other
                   Description    Contribution    Contribution   Contribution
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University     Ivey School     25,000,000      25,000,000              0
    of Western     of Business
    Ontario
    London
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    Algoma         Biosciences      8,007,572       8,007,572              0
    University     and Technology
    Sault Ste.     Convergence
    Marie          Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    McMaster       Nuclear         11,000,000      11,000,000              0
    University     Research
    Hamilton       Project.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University     Automotive      14,000,000   (*)80,000,000     29,669,521
    of Ontario     Centre of
    Institute of   Excellence
    Technology
    Oshawa
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University     Engineering     18,250,000      17,750,000     11,000,000
    of Waterloo    and Math
    Waterloo       Project
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    University     Faculty of       6,750,000       7,250,000              0
    of Waterloo    Environment
    Waterloo       Project
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    York           Osgoode         12,500,000      12,500,000     25,000,000
    University     Renovation
    Toronto        and Expansion
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Algonquin      Perth Campus     4,200,000       4,800,000      1,000,000
    College        Renewal
    Perth
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centennial     Library and      7,300,000   (*)32,700,000      5,828,000
    College        Academic Facility
    Scarborough
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Conestoga      School for       5,858,275    (*)7,158,275     10,759,950
    College        Health and
    Cambridge      Life Sciences
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Confederation  Regional         6,230,000      14,230,000              0
    College        Education
    Thunder Bay    Alliance for
                   Community Health
                   (REACH)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Durham         Whitby Expansion 7,000,000   (*)12,000,000      5,000,000
    College        Project
    Whitby
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Georgian       Centre for      20,000,000      20,000,000     10,000,000
    College        Health and
    Barrie         Wellness
                   (Phase 1 of
                   $65.5M project)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Humber         Lakeshore        5,180,900      29,819,100              0
    College        Revitalization
    Toronto
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lambton        Fire and 911     4,900,000       4,900,000              0
    College        Training
    Sarnia         Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sault          Campus           8,000,000       8,000,000      9,000,000
    College        Redevelopment -
    Sault Ste.     Phase I
    Marie
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Seneca         Newnham          4,000,000      20,700,000              0
    College        Campus
    Toronto        Expansion
                   (North York)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    St. Clair      Centre for      16,000,000      16,000,000              0
    College        Applied Health
    Windsor
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    St. Clair      Chatham          2,200,000       2,200,000        730,000
    College        Revitalization
    Chatham        (Chatham Campus
                   Technology and
                   Trades Addition)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    St. Lawrence   Campus             650,000         650,000              0
    College        Revitalization
    Brockville
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    St. Lawrence   Campus           5,000,000       5,000,000              0
    College        Consolidation
    Cornwall       and
                   Revitalization
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       May 29, 2009 - Sub Totals  192,026,747     339,664,947    107,987,471
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       May 25, 2009 - Sub Totals
           (see following table)  587,011,253     641,194,109    248,078,896
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          Administrative Fee(xx)      962,000
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                          Totals  780,000,000     980,859,056    356,066,367
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (*)    Indicates includes province's previous contribution within the
           last 12-18 months.
    (xx)   The administrative fee is a contribution from the Government of
           Canada to the Government of Ontario for costs associated with the
           delivery of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

                       Projects Announced May 25, 2009
                       -------------------------------

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    Institution      Project        Federal        Provincial       Other
                   Description    Contribution    Contribution   Contribution
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Brock          Niagara         38,000,390   (*)33,500,000     23,909,610
    University,    Health &
    St.            Bioscience
    Catharines     Research
                   Complex
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Carleton       Inter-          26,250,000      26,250,000      3,200,000
    University,    disciplinary
    Ottawa         Academic
                   Building
                   (River Site)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Laurentian     Vale Inco        5,152,676    (*)5,000,000     10,099,824
    University,    Living with
    Sudbury        Lakes Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    McMaster       Centre for       8,250,000       8,250,000      3,500,000
    University,    Spinal Cord
    Hamilton       Injury and
                   Cancer Education
                   and Rehab
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Queens         School of       28,818,000      28,818,000     19,210,000
    University,    Medicine, New
    Kingston       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 Research
    Technology,    Centre
    (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     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 Centre
    University,    (Brantford)
    Brantford      Phase A
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    York           Life Sciences   35,000,000      35,000,000              0
    University,    Centre
    Toronto
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centre for     Waterloo        25,000,000      25,000,000     50,000,000
    International  Balsillie
    Governance     Centre of
    Innovation,    Excellence
    with
    University of
    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 and
    Applied Arts   Expansion
    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       13,000,000      13,000,000        645,200
    Collegiale,    Services
    Ottawa         Training Centre
                   911 Institute
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Niagara        Applied Health  20,000,000      20,000,000              0
    College        Institute
    Welland
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Northern       Centre of        6,168,000    (*)8,000,000      3,194,000
    College,       Excellence
    Timmins        for Trades
                   and Technology
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sheridan       New             15,615,742      15,615,742     15,258,056
    College        Mississauga
    Institute      Campus
    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
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                         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.
    





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For further information: (media only), please contact: Gary Toft,
Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister
of State (Science and Technology), (613) 943-7599; 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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