Ontario Invests in New Research Complex at Brock

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    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Ontario is investing in a new
research complex at Brock University.
    The new Health and Biosciences Research Complex will create a place for
leading researchers in health, biosciences and chemistry to explore ideas that
will advance human health. Ontario will invest $33.5 million in the project.
    "Our government knows that it is today's students who will build
Ontario's future economy, and that economy will be increasingly
knowledge-based," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities. "Our investment in this modern resource complex is ensuring that
students in the Niagara region are prepared for success in the future while we
create new jobs today."
    The funding is part of the $1.4 billion investment in strategic
infrastructure announced in the Fall Economic Statement which is designed to
make Ontario's economy more competitive and stimulate job creation and growth
across the province.
    The investment in strategic infrastructure also included funding for
campus renewal projects. Brock University is receiving more than $4.5 million
to improve energy efficiency and campus safety and carry out a variety of
infrastructure renewal projects.
    "The Niagara Health and Biosciences Research Complex along with the
Centre of Innovation for Biomanufacturing will change the face of
manufacturing in Ontario by creating a new economic cluster in
biomanufacturing and health and wellness in Niagara," says Jack N. Lightstone,
President, Brock University. "This significant partnership between Brock, the
Ontario government and industry will assist in the province's transition from
traditional manufacturing to profitable "green" opportunities, which will
create good jobs and keep our graduates at home."
    "We're boosting Ontario's competitiveness by building knowledge and
skills," said Milloy. "By expanding access to modern research facilities in
St. Catharines, we are taking a major step to improving the long-term quality
of postsecondary education in Niagara Region, while providing jobs in the
    "These specialized research labs and other new facilities will help Brock
train new generations of young Niagara residents to qualify for well-paid
jobs", said Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation and MPP for St.
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                               RESEARCH COMPLEX

    The government's Fall Economic Statement announced a $1.4 billion
investment in strategic infrastructure to encourage economic activity, create
short-term jobs, help municipalities and enhance Ontario's competitiveness.
    As part of the funding for strategic infrastructure projects, the Ontario
government is investing $33.5 million in a new Health and Bioscience Research
Complex at Brock University. This investment is expected to create roughly 335
    This unique research and teaching complex will create facilities for
leading researchers in health, biosciences and chemistry that will advance
human health, bioscience and biotechnology and drug development.
    The complex will house the animal care facilities, greenhouse and growth
chambers, a plant transformation facility, particle gun room and a range of
specialized research laboratories. The complex will also provide additional
meeting, office and common spaces for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows
and research scientists.
    The Fall Economic Statement also included $200 million in funding for
campus renewal projects that improve energy efficiency and campus safety and a
variety of infrastructure renewal projects. Brock University is receiving more
than $4.5 million under campus renewal.
    Including today's announcement and the funding for campus renewal, Brock
University has received $49.9 million from the Ontario Government to support
capital projects since 2003-04.
    These investments are being used to improve the quality of postsecondary
education by helping the university respond to recent enrolment growth. In
addition, the complex will be the focus of developing new technologies that
can help support growth in knowledge-based industries in the Niagara region.
    This funding is part of the government's ReNew Ontario multi-year
$30 billion infrastructure investment strategy. Other recent investments by
the government in Ontario's vital postsecondary system, including:

    -   A $365 million investment in the 2007 Budget to support quality
        improvements at colleges and universities
    -   $40 million provided to colleges and universities annually through
        the Facilities Renewal Program.
    -   $30 million provided in 2006 through the Economic Stimulus Package to
        colleges in areas of the province where economic growth was slower
        than anticipated.
    -   $180 million provided between 2003 and 2006 for new buildings and
        renovations, providing spaces for 21,000 more students.

    Kevin Dove
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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