McGuinty Government Recognizes Infrastructure Shortfall at Ontario's Colleges and Universities



    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - This morning the Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities, Hon. John Milloy, and Minister of Health and Long-term Care,
Hon. George Smitherman, announced that the McGuinty government is investing an
additional $200 million in campus renewal projects across the all colleges and
universities.
    "Students are grateful for the recognition that our institutions,
classrooms and labs are in desperate need of repairs, says Tyler Wiles,
President for the College Student Alliance. "This announcement shows that the
McGuinty government is focused on making our institutions and campuses a
better place to learn and work."
    Today's announcement will provide Ontario's 24 colleges with an
additional $65 million, which will be targeted towards three main priority
areas. Institutions have been given the options of spending their resources on
energy efficiency initiatives, campus safety and security initiatives and/or
renewal of existing infrastructure. It will not be hard for colleges to
determine their spending as the system is currently being faced with a backlog
of deferred maintenance and infrastructure renewal projects.
    "These funds could not have come at a better time as our college system
is currently facing a $77 million budget shortfall for 2008-09," says Tyler
Charlebois, Director of Advocacy of the CSA. "Students across the province
will now see their institution making the necessary improvements that will
ultimately improve the quality and overall experience of learning inside and
outside of the classroom."

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1967. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 109,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.





For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College
Student Alliance, T: (416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E:
charlebois@csaontario.org

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