Investment of $16.69 million in infrastructure at Collège Montmorency will support research and innovation activities

LAVAL, QC, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for La Prairie, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with Francine Charbonneau, Quebec Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying and Minister responsible for the Laval region, on behalf of Hélène David, Quebec Minister of Higher Education, today announced a historic investment to help equip young Quebecers with the quality post-secondary education that will help them achieve their goals.

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $16.69 million in infrastructure at Collège Montmorency in Laval. The funding will help the institution provide students with the training needed to access the high-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.

Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

The Government of Quebec's contribution is part of the Québec Infrastructure Plan, which sets out investments in all sectors of the economy, including higher education.

Collège Montmorency will use the investment to improve its facilities, including creating three active learning classes, integrate Indigenous clientele, add a green roof, and construct a new building for research and technology transfer. 

A total of $16.69 million is being invested in these projects:

  • The Government of Canada is providing $8.01 million.
  • The Government of Quebec is providing $8.68 million.

In total, universities and colleges throughout Quebec will receive nearly $1.1 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors.

As a result of these investments in Quebec, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country's best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and create—the high-value middle-class jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

Quotes

"This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government's vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes."
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"We want to make Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-ups into well-established global companies."
Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for La Prairie

"Our government will continue to invest time and money in our students' success. Our commitment is clear: do everything possible to help our students and professors accomplish great things. We are making significant investments in the development of our higher education facilities, thereby ensuring that future generations have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure."
 – Hélène David, Quebec Minister of Higher Education

"I am thrilled that students at Collège Montmorency will be able to benefit from modern facilities and equipment and a stimulating learning environment. In a constantly changing world, we must unite and work together so that all youth can live out their dreams and contribute to Quebec's economic, social and cultural development."
– Francine Charbonneau, Quebec Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying and Minister responsible for the Laval region

"This significant investment is excellent news for Collège Montmorency and for the Laval region. It will allow us to create a learning centre for health and research where students, professors, researchers and partners from varied fields will come together to share their knowledge. Improvements to infrastructure at the college will help us respond to the great demand for higher education in our region while offering new state-of-the-art spaces for teaching, research and business development support."
– Hervé Pilon, Director General, Collège Montmorency

Quick facts

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, recently announced that the federal government is providing more than $385 million for research infrastructure at institutions throughout Quebec.
  • Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, and Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, recently announced that the Government of Quebec would invest more than $345 million in research infrastructure at post-secondary institutions in Quebec.
  • Collège Montmorency has been awarded $8.01 million in federal funding under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, as well as a contribution of $8.68 million from the Government of Quebec through the Québec Infrastructure Plan.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada's universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada's climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.
  • Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan is designed to ensure our country is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.

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SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

For further information: Karl W. Sasseville, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 343-291-2500; Thierry Bélair, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Higher Education, 418-266-3255; Marie-Pier Richard, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying and Minister responsible for the Laval region, 418-643-2181; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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