The Government of Canada assists the British Columbia Institute of Technology to acquire world-class marine simulators



    OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of
Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced the transfer of three marine training simulators
from the Government of Canada to the Province of British Columbia, along with
federal funding of $2,302,000 for the province to modernize these simulators.
    "The transfer of these simulators, along with federal funding,
contributes to the British Columbia Institute of Technology's status as 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," said Minister Day.
    The British Columbia Institute of Technology's Marine Campus is the
recipient of the simulators, which will contribute to continued regulatory
training and certification of Canadian seafarers.
    "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 the British Columbia Institute of
Technology, are equipped to respond to the increased demand in Canada and
worldwide," said Minister Cannon.
    "British Columbia has a rich marine and seafaring heritage and is well
positioned as Canada's Pacific Gateway to continue to act as a leader in this
field," said the Honourable Murray Coell, British Columbia's Minister of
Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. "Having state-of-the-art
training facilities in our province will ensure British Columbia's maritime
industries will have access to the highly trained professionals they need."
    British Columbia is one of five provinces to receive federal funding
under the $7.2-million Marine Simulators Contribution Program. This 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 free of charge 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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For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
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(613) 991-0700; Media Relations: Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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