Art And Design Students Win With New Learning Zone

    McGuinty Government Helps OCAD Expand And Update Library And Study Space

    TORONTO, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - Ontario is investing in the expansion of the
library and the purchase of new space at the Ontario College of Art & Design
    The Ontario government will invest $1.8 million for two new projects. The
Learning Zone will include an information commons, new resources,
multi-purpose quiet rooms and work spaces. OCAD will also use the funding to
renovate a recently acquired building.
    "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 Reza Moridi, Parliamentary Assistant to John Milloy,
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "Our investment in more
library and study space is ensuring that the creative drivers and innovators
we need for the future have access to the postsecondary education resources
they need today."
    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. OCAD is receiving almost $1.5 million to improve
energy efficiency and campus safety and to carry out a variety of
infrastructure renewal projects.
    "OCAD is leading the age of imagination through an assertive expansion
into graduate degrees. This physical expansion of OCAD's campus is crucial to
the growth of all of our academic programs," said OCAD President Sara Diamond.
"With today's investment by the Government of Ontario, we will advance OCAD's
position as Canada's foremost university of art and design."
    "We're boosting Ontario's competitiveness by building knowledge and
skills," said Milloy. "By expanding access to modern learning resources and
graduate programs, we are taking a major step to improving the long-term
quality of postsecondary education at this dynamic institution - one that's at
the heart of creativity in this city."
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    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 $1.8 million to expand the library and to develop new
learning space to better accommodate students at the Ontario College of Art &
Design (OCAD). This project is expected to create roughly 18 jobs.
    Today's investment will improve the quality of postsecondary education at
OCAD by expanding its library into a new space on campus and providing
additional resources and study space. The government will also provide funding
to develop new learning space for students.
    The Fall Economic Statement also included funding for campus renewal
projects to improve energy efficiency and campus safety and renew
infrastructure. OCAD is receiving almost $1.5 million.
    Including today's announcement and campus renewal funding, OCAD has
received $5.7 million since 2003-04.
    This funding is part of the government's ReNew Ontario multi-year
$30-billion infrastructure investment strategy. Other recent investments under
this strategy 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.

    Kevin Dove
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
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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; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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