University of Ottawa receives $80 million in capital funding from Federal and Provincial Governments

    OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The University of Ottawa is to receive an
$80 million boost in infrastructure funding from the Governments of Canada and
    These investments will fund the construction of the Vanier Tower, a
$112.5 million, 15 storey, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly building, as well as
the renovation of the existing Vanier building. The Vanier Tower will provide
22,000 square metres of much-needed learning and research space, and will be
the new home of the Faculty of Social Sciences including research space in
priority areas such as neuroscience and experimental psychology, economics,
public policy and management.
    Of the total investment of $80 million, the Government of Canada will
contribute $30 million under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the
Province of Ontario will contribute $50 million in matching funds. The
University of Ottawa will provide the remaining $32.5 million. The combined
government contributions are the single largest infrastructure investment in
the history of the University of Ottawa. They will not only strengthen the
University's infrastructure but also stimulate much-needed economic activity
in the region by creating 1100 jobs in the construction and manufacturing
sectors during the next two years.
    "On behalf of the entire University community, I thank both governments
sincerely for this important investment. It will make a world of difference in
our ability to build the infrastructure our students and faculty need", said
Allan Rock, President of the University of Ottawa. "This investment is a major
contribution towards our efforts to create a world class research and learning
environment for both students and faculty."
    "Our government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is making
important infrastructure investments across Canada," said John Baird, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "During this global recession,
we're doing our part to help create jobs, stimulate the economy and prepare
Canada for long-term prosperity.
    "Our government's investment in infrastructure projects with the
post-secondary institutions of Ottawa will create hundreds of jobs and help
boost our local economy," said the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for
Ottawa-Vanier. "This investment will also help to build the strong reputations
of our colleges and universities as well as attract new students, including
Francophones, from across Canada and around the world."
    In recent years, the University of Ottawa has experienced rapid growth,
with the student body increasing from 26,000 in 2002 to 36,000 in 2009. At the
same time, the University has become one of the most research-intensive in
Canada, ranking now as 7th out of the 50 research universities in the country.
The funding announced today will help meet the ever-increasing demand for
learning and research space, and honour the commitments set out in the
University of Ottawa Five-Year Facilities Renewal and Expansion Plan.
    Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in July 2009 and should
be completed by April 2011. The building is projected to be at least 50% more
energy efficient than the current national standard for energy efficiency and
is designed to achieve a "GOLD" certification in the LEED program.

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For further information: Julie Tanguay, Media Relations Officer,
University of Ottawa, (613) 562-5800 ext 3137, (613) 724-8290 cell,

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