WHITEHORSE, May 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced funding for Yukon College to support a comprehensive, long-term plan that will guide the development and future growth of the College's main campus.
The Yukon College Campus Master Plan will outline the renewal and development of the Ayamdigut Campus over the coming decades. It will provide recommendations on generating revenue and it will assist the College in its growth as a post-secondary institution as well as an active contributor to the economic and social development of the City of Whitehorse and the territory.
- CanNor is investing $150,000 and Yukon College is contributing $160,000 over two years, for a total investment of $310,000.
- The Plan will allow the College to develop opportunities for investment, partnerships and economic development to stay current, competitive and attractive in the global market.
- CanNor and the federal government have supported Yukon College on several projects recently, including the Northern Adult Basic Education program and $5.6 million to construct the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining.
"Our Government recognizes the important role that skills development and training plays to foster a strong and diversified economy. In collaboration with our partners, this investment will help Yukoners obtain the tools and skills they need to get jobs in growing economic sectors."
Member of Parliament, Yukon
"With construction beginning on the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining building this year, now is the perfect time to look at Yukon College's needs and opportunities, and to develop a more compelling campus experience for students, faculty and the broader Yukon community. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting the College's growth and development of a campus master plan."
Dr. Karen Barnes
Yukon College President
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CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.
SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information: Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Ted Laking, 819-997-1441; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Krisandra Reid, Communications Advisor, Yukon Region, 867-667-3849; Yukon College, Michael Vernon, Communications, 867-668-8786, firstname.lastname@example.org