Federal Budget... CREPUQ Welcomes Plan For Investment in Knowledge Infrastructure

    MONTREAL, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conference of Rectors and Principals
of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) is pleased with the announcement by the
federal Finance Minister that the government plans to invest in knowledge
infrastructure, allowing universities to repair, maintain and renew buildings.
    On the basis of extensive studies undertaken in 2008 to establish the
value and nature of accumulated deferred maintenance for university
infrastructure, CREPUQ estimates that deferred spending amounts to some $1.5
billion, accumulated as a result of systematic under funding of building
repairs and maintenance since the 1990s. Repair and maintenance work to
research infrastructure has become an immediate necessity, and it falls
squarely within the framework of the program that was announced today.
    "This plan, combined with funding announced by the Quebec Government,
will assist universities in catching up on a portion of their accumulated
deferred maintenance, and contribute to efforts by our governments to
stimulate a rapid economic recovery," says Heather Munroe-Blum, President of
CREPUQ and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.
    Based on their studies, CREPUQ estimates that more than $415 million is
needed for urgent work now and that an additional $535 million will be needed
in the next two years.
    "High quality buildings are essential for high quality teaching and
research," Munroe-Blum adds. "Today's announcement is great new for students,
researchers and scholars in relation to their research activities."
    CREPUQ once again urges the federal government to increase provincial
transfer payments for postsecondary education. The financial situation of
Québec universities is fragile and an increase in federal transfers for
postsecondary education to previous levels, needed to support quality
university education and research and to position Québec universities to
compete with the best in the world.

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