Ontario Universities Applaud Government Support for Campus Renewal

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's announcement of $200
million for postsecondary campus renewal was greeted with enthusiasm by
Ontario universities. Modernizing infrastructure and addressing deferred
maintenance are top priorities for Ontario universities.
    "This is a tremendous boost to the university sector," said Dr. Ross
Paul, Vice-Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and President of the
University of Windsor. "Funding for campus renewal will help revitalize our
labs, libraries and classrooms to ensure that they are equipped for
cutting-edge research, new technologies, changing learning environments and
increased student demand for university places."
    "The Ontario government clearly understands that universities are the
knowledge infrastructure of the province," said Dr. Paul Genest, President of
the Council of Ontario Universities.
    Much of Ontario's university infrastructure was built in the 1960s and
1970s. Modernization will ensure that systems are reliable, suitable for
today's teaching needs, and meet accessibility guidelines, new standards of
energy efficiency and security needs.
    "This important investment in campus renewal reflects Minister Milloy's
and Premier McGuinty's strong leadership in higher education and recognition
of the crucial link between universities and Ontario's economy and society,"
said Dr. Genest. "This investment is five times the amount that the
postsecondary education sector ordinarily receives annually, and demonstrates
the Ministry's responsiveness to the needs of the higher education sector and
the educated people and ideas it generates. It is a terrific investment."
    "Ontario universities are well placed to help the government address
economic and social challenges," said Dr. Genest. "This investment in academic
infrastructure will greatly advance our ability to do that."

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Paul C. Genest, President, Council of
Ontario Universities, (416) 979-2165 ext. 256 or (416) 616-7231; Dr. Ross
Paul, Vice-Chair, Council and President, University of Windsor, (519) 253-3000
ext. 2000

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