Ontario Students Benefit from Focused and Collaborative Approach to Infrastructure Investments

    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ - Ontario's college and college/university students
welcome today's announcement of additional funds to help tackle the issues of
the aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance backlog at Ontario's
colleges and universities, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).
    "This additional investment of over $500 million from the federal and
provincial governments will definitely go a long way to improving the capacity
and overall experience for all students," says Justin Fox, President of the
College Student Alliance. "The Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) is not
only providing short term stimulus to the Ontario economy, but also renewing
our campuses, classrooms and labs."
    The Second Phase of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program announced today
provides funding to another 21 projects at Ontario colleges and universities.
These projects follow the 28 projects announced on Monday. Over the next two
years, the federal and provincial government will invest over $2 billion in
infrastructure projects to fuel the economy and boost Ontario's long term
knowledge capacity.
    "Students are also appreciative of the additional investment the McGuinty
government is making through the Strategic Capital Infrastructure Program,"
adds Fox.
    The McGuinty government is providing some $55 million, over the next
two-years, to ensure all colleges and universities receive funds to tackle
their specific infrastructure needs. As well all colleges and universities
will benefit from a $40 million pot to renew and upgrade facilities.
    "Today's investments coupled with those announced earlier this week will
ensure all Ontarians have access to a quality education taught in
state-of-the-art and modern facilities; no matter where they choose to study,"
says Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy.

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization, which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 110,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, T:
(416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E: Charlebois@collegestudentalliance.ca;
Justin Fox, President, T: (519) 972-2727, ext. 4524, C: (519) 566-7211, E:

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