McGuinty Government Invests In Ontario's Marine Industry

    New State-Of-The-Art Equipment For Marine Training Centre

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario's
marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great
Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound.
    "Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate
our ships," said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley.
"Today's investment creates opportunity for students interested in marine
careers while securing the future viability of Ontario's marine industry."
    The province is investing $3 million dollars to help the centre, located
at Georgian College, purchase state-of-the-art visual navigation simulators,
upgrade existing engineering equipment and improve distance-learning
capabilities. The centre was established in 1969 and is the only accredited
marine training institution in Ontario. It provides training for a variety of
careers, including deck officers and engine room officers, and for shore-based
jobs such as marine superintendents.
    "The McGuinty government supports sustainable transportation that
includes all modes of transportation to ease congestion and keep Ontario
prosperous," said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "That's why the
government is providing funding to help make Georgian College's Owen Sound
campus one of the best-equipped marine training facilities in Canada."
    Ontario's busiest ports are responsible for nearly 30 per cent of
Canada's domestic marine shipments, moving close to 120 million tonnes of
cargo annually. Shipping this cargo by road would require about three million
truck trips annually. Investments in marine training will mean that Ontario
will be better equipped to make marine transportation a more viable mode.
    "These necessary upgrades allow the College and the marine industry at
large to keep up with the demand for skilled marine professionals. With this
funding, we can better address the educational needs of an industry that
contributes greatly to our economy and quality of life," said Brian Tamblyn,
President and CEO, Georgian College.
    Investments in marine transportation are a part of the McGuinty
government's strategy to build a more efficient and sustainable transportation
system that includes rail, air, road, marine and public transit.

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister Bentley's Office,
(416) 325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training,
Colleges & Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or
1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 Stephanie Kupiec, Minister Cansfield's
Office, (416) 327-1837; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, Ministry of
Transportation, (416) 327-1158; Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA),
1-800-268-4686 toll free, 1-866-471-8929 TTY

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