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    McGuinty Government Invests In Facilities At Hearst College

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - Ontario will invest $50,000 to upgrade campus
facilities at Hearst College.
    Hearst College will use these funds to improve safety and security
equipment, including upgrades to security lighting, signage and alarm systems.
Hearst is also receiving over $250,000 under campus renewal to improve energy
efficiency and campus safety.
    The funding is part of the $1.4-billion investment in strategic
infrastructure announced in the Fall Economic Statement which is aimed at:

    - Making Ontario's economy more competitive
    - Stimulating job creation and growth across the province.

    QUOTES

    "We're ensuring that our students have a safe and effective learning
environment so they can focus on their studies and preparing for future
careers," said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy.

    "Improved facilities will help Hearst College maintain the highest
quality of education for Northern Ontario's Francophone students," said
Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay.

    
    QUICK FACTS
    - Hearst College was founded in 1953 and provides access to postsecondary
      education for over 150 Francophone students in Ontario's North.
    - Since 2003-04, Hearst has received more than $1.5 million from the
      Ontario government to support capital projects.

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    investment plan.

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS
                              AT HEARST COLLEGE
    

    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.
    At Hearst College, Ontario is investing $50,000 to improve safety and
security equipment, including upgrades to security lighting, signage and alarm
systems.
    Students will benefit from access to a safer, more up-to-date learning
environment that will allow them to focus more on their studies, and preparing
for future careers.
    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. Hearst College is receiving over
$250,000 under campus renewal.
    Including today's announcement and campus renewal funding, Hearst College
has received more than $1.5 million from the Ontario Government to support
capital projects since 2003-04.

    INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE

    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, including:

    
    - 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.

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For further information:

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

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