Government Funding Provided to Langara College through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C.
Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Moira Stilwell
have announced a $2.35 million joint Knowledge Infrastructure Program and B.C.
Government investment in Langara College.
    This investment is part of the federal government's two-year, $2-billion
federal economic stimulus initiative to address urgently needed maintenance
and enhancements to existing infrastructure in Canadian post-secondary
    "This announcement underscores our government's commitment to improving,
expanding and repairing post-secondary facilities across Canada," stated
Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and Parliamentary
Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. "Investments in
infrastructure are not just about roads and bridges," he continued. "Investing
in our colleges and universities will create construction and renovation jobs
today, while boosting our economic capacity for the future."
    Langara College's funding is earmarked for the retrofit of classrooms and
study areas and the renovation of support areas. These improvements will
strengthen the College's ability to deliver advanced knowledge and skill
training to students and increase usability of buildings.
    "We are pleased that both levels of government are committed to
post-secondary education," says David Chiang, College Board chair. "This
investment will have far-reaching benefits in our community."
    "Langara College appreciates the support received from both the
provincial and federal governments. With this funding, we can continue to make
improvements to our campus facilities in an effort to better serve our
community," said David Ross, Langara College president.

    Langara College, located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, provides
University Transfer, Career, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to
more than 19,000 students annually. The College's expansive academic breadth
and depth allows students to choose their own educational path. The College
offers three bachelor's degrees as well as a comprehensive variety of
diplomas, certificates, and citations.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Ian Humphreys, Director,
Communications & Marketing Services, Langara College, (604) 323-5631,

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