Ontario Government To Fund Mohawk College Expansion



    McGuinty Government Provides More Jobs And Education For Hamilton

    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton Mountain, today announced a $20
million investment to provide more advanced technology training at Mohawk
College.
    This investment will help Mohawk College expand enrolment and applied
research at its Fennell Campus to provide more opportunities for students to
train as highly skilled technicians and technologists in engineering
technology, health sciences, human services and digital communications.
    This announcement is part of Ontario's strategy to ensure that every
college and university benefits from investments made this week in the
province's campuses.
    The governments of Canada and Ontario this week announced joint funding
of approximately $1.6 billion for 49 projects through the federal Knowledge
Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the 2009 Ontario budget. Ontario is
allocating $55 million through the Strategic Capital Infrastructure Program to
colleges and universities that did not receive funding through the KIP
selection process with the federal government.
    Ontario is also investing $40 million to be invested in all colleges and
universities for maintenance and campus renewal.

    QUOTES

    "Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
our government's plan to strengthen the economy," said Milloy. "Not only will
these two projects create construction jobs in Hamilton for the short-term, it
will help Mohawk provide training and learning for more students in the skills
for the new economy."

    "I am absolutely thrilled that the province has committed these funds to
Mohawk College," said Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton Mountain. "It proves that
Hamilton is a top priority for the province. This funding will not only help
Mohawk provide its students with the best possible education, but it will help
attract the best and brightest to our area."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Ontario is making sure every college and university benefits from
        investments in campus infrastructure.

    -   Canada and Ontario are jointly supporting 49 infrastructure projects
        at university and colleges campuses across the province.

    -   Ontario's Strategic Capital Infrastructure Fund will support projects
        at seven colleges and universities that did not receive funding
        through the selection process with the federal government.

    -   The Ontario government is also investing $40 million in campus
        renewal and maintenance projects at all universities and colleges.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure
(http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html).

    Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize
infrastructure (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/) across the
province.

    Learn more about provincial solutions for Ontario
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2009/)

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For further information:

For further information: Michael Coe, office of Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP,
(416) 209-3071 or (416) 314-7882; Public inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or
1-800-387-5514; TTY 1-800-263-2892

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