Online scrapbook tells story of college campus deferred maintenance

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - What remains a politically unattractive topic, but will become the responsibility of the newly elected government on October 6th is deferred maintenance.  With the help of college and college-university students across the province, the College Student Alliance (CSA) has compiled deferred maintenance photographs to create an online scrapbook.   These photos highlight the need for fair and student-centred investments towards this area of concern.

"Deferred maintenance can impact the health and safety of college students, and this persistent issue must be amongst the post-secondary education priorities for the provincial election," said Brian Costantini, President of the CSA. "College facilities represent significant taxpayer investment and proper measures need to be in place to ensure infrastructure is maintained and the backlog doesn't continue to grow."

No party has properly dealt with the issue of deferred maintenance, and as a result Ontario's 24 colleges have a backlog of between $568 million and $745 million. Likewise, this year alone approximately $70 million in capital repairs must be dealt with, as they are in critical condition. Investments in new capital assets are critical, but must not overshadow the need to take care of Ontario's learning facilities that already exist.

Photographs of infrastructure renewal successes and current issues can be found in the scrapbook and it is CSA's hope that these can be used to better depict the concerns at hand.

"These photographs exhibit the need for additional funding towards deferred maintenance and can be found on our election website along with other useful resources regarding election priorities for all post‐secondary students," replies Costantini.

It is the hope of the CSA that this online resource can be used to inform students and address the need for additional funding in a student‐centered manner. The CSA believes that these photographs will assist the political parties to realize the significance of deferred maintenance across all 24 colleges.

The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy organization, which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and college‐university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 15 colleges and 23 member councils with over 130,000 full‐time student members throughout the province.

SOURCE College Student Alliance

For further information:

Brian Costantini
President College Student Alliance
T: (905) 641-2252 ext. 4226

Jim Robeson
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance
T: 416-340-1212

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