The Government of Canada assists Georgian College to build world-class marine simulator and research centre



    OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for
Bruce - Grey - Owen Sound, Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
the transfer of a marine navigation simulator and a marine engine room
propulsion plant simulator from the Government of Canada to the Province of
Ontario, along with federal funding of $1,435,000 for the province to
modernize these simulators.
    Ontario is one of five provinces that will receive federal funding under
the $7.2 million Marine Simulators Contribution Program. Georgian College's
Owen Sound campus will be the home of the Ontario bound simulators, used to
train seafarers and formerly belonging to Transport Canada, and will be the
site for the $8.5 million world-class marine simulator and research centre
presently under construction on the campus.
    "The transfer of the navigation and engine room simulators along with
$1,435,000 in federal funding contributes to Georgian College's Great Lakes
International Marine Training Centre being a world class simulation and
research centre, and encourages foreign and domestic students to take
advantage of the international marine training opportunities right here in our
community of Owen Sound," said Mr. Miller.
    "Given the forecasted increase in global marine traffic and shortage of
mariners, the transfer funding announced today will ensure that Canada's
marine training facilities, such as Georgian College's Great Lakes
International Marine Training Centre, are equipped to respond to the increased
demand in Canada and worldwide," said Minister Cannon.
    "The Great Lakes have shaped the economy of our province since its
founding days," said Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities,
John Milloy. "Marine transport remains vital to the Ontario economy. Our
government's $3.75 million-investment in this simulator project, and
additional contributions from the federal government, the City of Owen Sound
and private sector partners, will help ensure enough trained marine transport
workers graduate each year to keep this vital sector strong. This is good news
for Georgian College and for Ontario."
    The Marine Simulators Contribution Program provides financial assistance
to five provinces that have Marine Training Institutes - British Columbia,
Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador - over a four-year
transition period, from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2011. Ten marine training
simulators currently owned by the Government of Canada are being transferred
gratuitously to the provinces to promote consistent training standards for
seafarers, while allowing more flexibility around their use.

    For further details on the above initiative and other marine safety
issues, visit www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/menu.htm.




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