Humber College Set To Expand

    McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Jobs

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping Humber College expand so more students can train for
jobs in high-demand skilled construction trades.
    Humber College ( will purchase and renovate a
building near its North Campus with the help of a $7 million investment from
Ontario. It will house the new Humber Applied Skills Training Centre,
educating students in high-demand skilled construction trades.
    The new centre is expected to be completed by Fall 2009, adding about
95,000 square feet of space to the college. With this expansion, Humber will
welcome 1,395 new students. Purchasing and renovating an existing building
allows Humber to add almost four times the space for the same cost as
constructing a new building. The location also provides students in the new
centre with easy access to all existing services in the nearby North Campus.


    "We have the right plan for our times. Investing in skills training for
our workers is the right thing to do for our families and for a stronger
Ontario economy," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John

    "We are anticipating a 20 to 50 per cent increase in demand for skills
training and apprenticeship programs. Emerging technologies in solar,
geothermal, generation, instrumentation and grid sync all need skilled
electricians, plumbers, and heating and ventilation mechanics," said Humber
College President and CEO John Davies. "Our new Applied Skills Training Centre
along with highly-skilled faculty will allow us to provide the best in
training for students and support the government's goals."


    -  This funding is part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion
       Skills to Jobs Action Plan (

    -  Since 2002-03, Humber has received more than $44 million to update
       equipment and maintain, improve and build facilities.

    -  The Construction Sector Council
       ( projects Ontario
       will need more than 35,000 new skilled trades workers to meet
       construction demand between 2007 and 2015.

    -  Humber College ( offers programs as
       part of Ontario's Second Career Strategy.


    Learn how you can become an apprentice
    ( in Ontario.

    Read about Ontario's new Second Career
    ( program.

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
    ( and
    universities (

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    The Ontario government is investing in the skills and knowledge of
Ontarians and helping to train today's workers for tomorrow's jobs through its
$1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.
    As part of this plan, the government will invest $970 million over three
years to build and improve places where students learn. The funding will
support new construction and renovation projects, as well as the purchase of
new equipment. These projects will create construction jobs in the short-term
and help students develop the skills they need to work in high-demand skilled
trades in the future.
    Humber College will receive $7 million from the province to purchase and
renovate a new facility to house the Humber Applied Skills Training Centre.
Students at the new facility will learn the latest techniques in plumbing,
electrical, heating and ventilation trades. The expansion means the college
will be able to welcome 1,395 more students and apprentices.
    The estimated total cost of this project is $11 million. This entire
investment is expected to create 110 jobs.


    Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in
education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and
the tools they need to succeed.
    New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget include:
    -  $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and
       apprenticeship programs across the province
    -  $465 million over three years to provide more support for students,
       including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and $27
       million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with
       travel costs
    -  $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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