Ontario Invests in Library Expansion at the University of Toronto



    McGuinty Government Supports Students and Research

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Ontario is investing in the revitalization of
the John P. Robarts Research Library at the University of Toronto.
    Ontario will invest $15 million to add 1,500 individual and group study
spaces through the reconfiguration of existing space, the addition of new
reading rooms and other significant facilities improvements, such as increased
wireless connectivity.
    "Our government knows that it is today's students who will build
Ontario's future economy, and that economy will be increasingly
knowledge-based," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities. "Our investment in Robarts Library is ensuring that students in
Toronto will have a high quality learning environment that will prepare them
for success in the future."
    The funding is part of the $1.4-billion investment in strategic
infrastructure announced in the Fall Economic Statement, which is designed to
make Ontario's economy more competitive and stimulate job creation and growth
across the province.
    The investment in strategic infrastructure also included funding for
campus renewal projects. The University of Toronto is receiving more than
$25 million to improve energy efficiency and campus safety and to carry out a
variety of infrastructure renewal projects.
    "We're boosting Ontario's competitiveness by building knowledge and
skills," said Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. "Given the
significant number of users from other institutions and the broader community
that use Robarts' resources, this project is an investment in a provincial
resource for the future."
    "The Robarts Library is a vital resource for our students and is integral
in our efforts to provide students with a high quality education and overall
university experience," says David Naylor, President, University of Toronto.
"Libraries make it possible for students and scholars to immerse themselves in
academic life. We are grateful to the provincial government for recognizing
this and for providing us with the means to begin the revitalization of what
is Canada's largest research library. With this funding we will be able to
expand individual and group study spaces by 50 per cent and make additional
improvements such as greater wireless connectivity which is fundamental in
today's learning environment."
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                GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO'S
                               ROBARTS LIBRARY
    

    The government's Fall Economic Statement announced a $1.4-billion
investment in strategic infrastructure to encourage economic activity, create
short-term jobs, help municipalities and enhance Ontario's competitiveness.
    As part of the funding for strategic infrastructure projects, the Ontario
government is investing $15 million in an expansion of the John P. Robarts
Research Library at the University of Toronto.
    Robarts Library houses the premier humanities and social science
collection of the University of Toronto. Scholars from across Canada visit the
library to make use of its resources, while students use it as their primary
venue to conduct research and study.
    The revitalization project will increase the number of individual and
group study spaces from 3,000 to 4,500 through the reconfiguration of existing
space and the addition of new reading rooms. Other significant improvements,
such as greatly enhanced wireless connectivity are also planned.
    The Fall Economic Statement also included $200 million in funding for
campus renewal projects that improve energy efficiency and campus safety and a
variety of infrastructure renewal projects. The University of Toronto is
receiving more than $25 million under campus renewal.
    Including today's announcement and campus renewal funding, the University
of Toronto has received more than $165 million since 2003-04.
    These investments are being used to improve the quality of postsecondary
education by enhancing learning resources and helping the university respond
to recent enrolment growth.
    This funding is part of the government's ReNew Ontario multi-year
$30-billion infrastructure investment strategy. Other recent investments by
the government in Ontario's vital postsecondary system include:

    
    -  A $365 million investment in the 2007 Budget to support quality
       improvements at colleges and universities
    -  $40 million provided to colleges and universities annually through the
       Facilities Renewal Program
    -  $30 million provided in 2006 through the Economic Stimulus Package to
       colleges in areas of the province where economic growth was slower
       than anticipated
    -  $180 million provided between 2003 and 2006 for new buildings and
       renovations, providing spaces for 21,000 more students.

    Contact:
    Kevin Dove
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    (416) 325-2746

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
473-4649; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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