La Cité Collégiale Set To Expand



    
    McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Skilled
    Construction Jobs
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping La Cité collégiale expand so more students can train
for jobs in high-demand skilled trades.
    La Cité collégiale (http://www3.lacitec.on.ca/) will build a new Research
and Training Centre in the Construction Trades in Orléans, in Ottawa's east
end, with the help of a $6.75-million provincial investment. This funding
builds on Ontario's commitment to ensure enough trained skilled trades workers
are available to keep our economy moving forward. It also is part of our plan
to ensure high-quality postsecondary education is available to Ontario's
Francophone community.
    The centre will allow La Cité collégiale to almost triple its
apprenticeship program (http://www3.lacitec.on.ca/161.html) to include
training in 18 high-demand construction trades. La Cité collégiale will now be
able to offer new programs in areas ranging from residential air conditioning
systems mechanics and plumbing to renewable energy and green building
technologies.
    The new centre will open in September 2010, adding 40,000 square feet of
learning space and helping La Cité collégiale welcome more than 750 additional
students in construction trades programs by 2013-2014.
    This funding is part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion Skills
to Jobs Action Plan.

    QUOTES

    "We're investing in the skills and knowledge of our people so they can
work in high-paying, skilled jobs that will strengthen our economy and improve
everyone's quality of life," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    "This investment will give Franco-Ontarians better access to high-demand
skilled construction jobs thus ensuring them greater employment opportunities
for the benefit of the francophone community and of all Ontarians," said
Madeleine Meilleur (http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/english/office.html), Minister
Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

    "This new campus of La Cité collégiale is great news for our students and
for the entire community of Orléans," said Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely.
"More training and educational opportunities in Orléans will mean more jobs
and more prosperity for our community."

    "La Cité collégiale is very pleased with this major investment that will
provide Franco-Ontarians with renewed learning opportunities in the high
demand construction trades sector. While supporting the government's Skills to
Jobs Action Plan, this important initiative also supports the development of
Ontario's Francophone community, the economic development of Eastern Ontario,
of the City of Ottawa and of Orléans," said Andrée Lortie, La Cité
collégiale's president.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Since 2002-03, La Cité collégiale has received more than $11.5
        million from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and
        build facilities.

    -   The Construction Sector Council
        (http://www.csc-ca.org/english/whatsnew_4.html) estimates that 7,000
        new skilled workers will be required by the construction sector in
        Eastern Ontario over the next eight years.

    -   In 2007-08, Ontario and federal specialized funding for French-
        language postsecondary education in Ontario together totalled $79.5
        million, up about 55 per cent over 2003-04.

    -   La Cité offers programs as part of Ontario's Second Career Strategy
(http://secondcareer.ontariocolleges.ca/en/index.html).

    LEARN MORE

    Learn how you can become an apprentice
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/apprentices/) in Ontario.

    Read about Ontario's new Second Career
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/secondCareer/index.html) program.

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) and universities
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html).

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    BACKGROUNDER
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               INVESTING IN PEOPLE, STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY
    

    The Ontario government is investing in the skills and knowledge of
Ontarians and helping to train today's workers for tomorrow's jobs through its
$1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.
    As part of this plan, the government will invest $970 million over three
years to build and improve places where students learn. The funding will
support new construction and renovation projects, as well as the purchase of
new equipment. These projects will create construction jobs in the short-term
and help students develop the skills they need to work in high-demand skilled
trades in the future.
    La Cité collégiale will receive $6.75 million to build a new Research and
Training Centre in the Construction Trades in Orléans. The centre will allow
La Cité collégiale to almost triple its apprenticeship program offerings to
include training in 18 high-demand construction trades and offer new programs
in areas ranging from residential air conditioning systems mechanics and
plumbing to renewable energy and green building technologies. The expansion
means the college will be able to welcome more than 750 more trades students
by 2013-2014.
    The estimated total cost of this project is $17.1 million. This entire
investment is expected to create more than 170 jobs.

    SUPPORT FOR FRENCH-LANGUAGE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

    Ontario has a large and dynamic Francophone community, currently served
by two French-language colleges -- La Cité collégiale in Ottawa and Collège
Boréal in Sudbury. There are also six bilingual universities or affiliated
colleges offering French-language programs:

    
    -   University of Ottawa
    -   St. Paul University (federated with the University of Ottawa)
    -   Laurentian University
    -   University of Sudbury (federated with Laurentian University)
    -   Hearst College (affiliated with Laurentian University)
    -   York University's Glendon College
    

    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Dominican College, and
Alfred College (University of Guelph) also offer French-language postsecondary
programs.

    INVESTING IN STUDENTS

    Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in
education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and
the tools they need to succeed.
    New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2008/) include:

    
    -   $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and
        apprenticeship programs across the province
    -   $465 million over three years to provide more support for students,
        including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and $27
        million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with
        travel costs
    -   $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities
    -   $79.5 million in funding was provided jointly by the Ontario and
        federal governments in 2007-08 for specialized support for Ontario's
        French colleges and bilingual universities. This is an increase of
        about 55 per cent over 2003-04.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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