Students In Brantford Win With New Higher Learning Investment

    Investment In More Academic Space Supports The Success Of The Reaching
    Higher Plan

    BRANTFORD, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - Postsecondary students in Brantford will
enjoy an even higher quality education thanks to a new McGuinty government
investment in more academic spaces at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier
University and Nipissing University, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities, announced today alongside Dave Levac, MPP Brant.
    "This is a big win for Brantford," said Levac. "Our community is thriving
and investments in postsecondary education will make Brantford and Brant more
attractive places to live and work. Instead of commuting outside our
community, we will now offer courses right here at home. This is another
example of our government's commitment to lifelong learning by investing in
our Laurier and Nipissing campuses."
    The McGuinty government is providing $1 million to Wilfrid Laurier
University and $1 million to Nipissing University this year to support the
construction of more academic space - such as classrooms, lecture halls and
tutorial rooms - at the Brantford campus of the universities. Wilfrid Laurier
and Nipissing have been offering a concurrent education program at the campus
since 2002.
    "Record numbers of students have found opportunity in our colleges and
universities - 86,000 more than when we started - thanks in part to a tripling
of student grants," said Bentley. "We're focused on working together to get
results - which is why we're helping students in Brantford gain skills that
will last a lifetime."
    This funding is part of the government's additional $365 million
investment, which was announced in the 2007 Ontario Budget, to create a better
learning environment for students in college and university, including support
for new classrooms, modernized lab equipment and greater energy efficiency.
    "The financial contribution for the new Brantford Academic Centre will
position Laurier Brantford not only to provide additional services to our
current students but as well will provide much needed academic space for
future growth," said Dr. Robert G. Rosehart, President of Wilfrid Laurier
University. "I want to offer a special thank you to MPP Dave Levac who over
the years has been untiring in his support for Laurier Brantford and I would
like to personally recognize his effort with respect to this specific funding
    "On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Nipissing's Brantford
campus, I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to MPP Dave Levac, Minister
Bentley and the Ontario government for this funding," said Dr. Dennis Mock,
President of Nipissing University. "This investment will assist us in
renovating our recently acquired building at 50 Wellington St. so that we can
continue to offer our students the high-quality educational experience for
which we are known while increasing enrolment in our Bachelor of Education
degree offered through our very popular joint concurrent education program."

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    The government's historic $6.2 billion Reaching Higher plan is getting
results for the people of Ontario, including improved access for 86,000
additional students and a tripling of student grants, as well as higher
quality in the classroom from new faculty hirings and facility upgrades.
    As announced in the 2007 Ontario Budget, the government is providing
$365 million, in addition to the Reaching Higher investments, to support
quality improvements in higher education, including funding that could be used
for investments in university and college infrastructure and equipment.
    This additional funding is made up of $210 million in 2006-07 to
alleviate immediate cost pressures at universities and $105 million in 2007-08
to renew facilities and cover existing building maintenance costs at colleges,
as well as $50 million for college and university capital projects.

    Initiatives to improve the quality of the system include:

    -   Investing $4.2 billion in 2007-08 in colleges and universities for
        new faculty, library acquisitions and student services. Under the
        $6.2 billion Reaching Higher plan, funding to colleges and
        universities is increasing by 35 per cent over five years.
    -   Expanding graduate spaces by 12,000 in 2007-08, reaching 14,000 by
    -   Supporting innovative research in cutting-edge fields such as
        biomaterials and mining innovation.
    -   Monitoring quality through a new Higher Education Quality Council of
    -   Establishing three-year agreements with colleges and universities to
        identify and measure quality improvements.
    -   Providing $30 million for infrastructure projects at 15 colleges
        through the economic stimulus package announced in the government's
        2006 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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