Ontario government announces $95 million for colleges and universities to modernize facilities

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Ontario government announces $95 million for colleges and universities to modernize facilities

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - Details of a $95 million investment for modernization and renewal that will enable the province's 25 colleges and 17 universities to upgrade their existing facilities were provided today by Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
This investment, which was announced as part of the SuperBuild initiative, is designed to modernize and improve Ontario's postsecondary campuses across the province. Most of the province's college and university facilities were built 25 to 35 years ago, and many now need upgrades and renewal.
"Through SuperBuild, we are not only creating more than 73,000 new student spaces in new facilities, we are also protecting the taxpayers' investment in existing infrastructure," said Cunningham. "Colleges and universities will use these funds for building renewal such as replacing a roof, improving heating systems or upgrading mechanical systems."
The new student spaces will be created through 35 capital projects announced this winter and an additional commitment to 24 projects announced in the spring 2000 budget.
Ontario's $1 billion investment, combined with contributions from private- and public-sector partners, will result in a total of $1.8 billion in new capital construction at colleges and universities across the province.
"The new student spaces will be in a full range of programs including the liberal arts as well as the emerging programs that students are demanding, such as computer engineering and multimedia," Cunningham said. "This investment from the SuperBuild initiative will help revitalize our colleges and universities so that students in all disciplines will receive the highest quality education right here in Ontario."
"This will make a powerful difference to the futures of the young people of Ontario who will be seeking opportunities to attend our colleges and universities," said Paul Davenport, Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities. "The SuperBuild program is among a series of significant steps that the government has taken to invest in the future of Ontario's students, and is a further indication that our government and the people of Ontario are committed to addressing this priority."
The $95 million includes $40 million in on-going annual funding for capital renewal and $55 million in one-time modernization funding. The one-time funding was announced in the spring budget as part of $286 million to expand and renew colleges and universities. This funding is in addition to the $742 million originally announced for the postsecondary sector in the 1999 Ontario budget. Each college and university in the province will receive a share of the modernization and renewal funding based on their share of postsecondary enrolment.
"Our government is committed to ensuring future generations of students will continue to have access to high quality education that provides them with the skills and expertise to live full and prosperous lives here in Ontario," said Cunningham. "Our investment in new and upgraded facilities is an important step in fulfilling that commitment."
The Ontario SuperBuild Corporation was established to co-ordinate all government investment in infrastructure and to ensure that it is accountable, strategic and long-term. It is intended to consolidate all of Ontario's infrastructure spending under one program.

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Backgrounder
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Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
SuperBuild Enhancement Initiatives

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2000-01 Facilities Renewal and Modernization Program
Total Allocation: $95.0 Million(xx)
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College Allocation University Allocation
($) ($)

Algonquin College 2,756,300 Brock University 1,735,300
Collège Boréal 465,800 Carleton University 3,111,900
Cambrian College 1,079,000 University of Guelph 3,334,800
Canadore College 779,400 Lakehead University 1,395,100
Centennial College 2,286,500 Laurentian University 1,147,200
La Cité collégiale 832,300 Algoma College* 204,500
Conestoga College 1,217,100 Le Collège de Hearst* 144,500
Confederation College 865,800 McMaster University 3,668,200
Durham College 1,158,900 Nipissing University 524,200
Fanshawe College 2,142,800 Ontario College of Art
George Brown College 2,357,600 and Design 517,400
Georgian College 1,365,000 University of Ottawa 4,436,900
Collège des Grands Lacs 164,700 Queen's University 3,700,200
Humber College 2,726,100 Ryerson Polytechnic
Lambton College 625,000 University 3,214,300
Loyalist College 803,200 University of Toronto 11,002,900
Mohawk College 1,910,300 Trent University 1,007,100
Niagara College 1,246,700 University of Waterloo 3,902,100
Northern College 517,800 University of Western
St. Clair College 1,451,600 Ontario 5,731,400
St. Lawrence College 1,240,700 Wilfrid Laurier
Sault College 768,800 University 1,600,300
Seneca College 3,314,500 University of Windsor 2,283,800
Sheridan College 2,401,500 York University 6,473,900
Sir Sandford Fleming
College 1,386,600
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TOTAL 35,864,000 TOTAL 59,136,000
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* Algoma College and Le Collège de Hearst are affiliated with
Laurentian University
(xx) The 2000 Ontario Budget announced $55.0 million in funding for major
renovations in 1999-2000 and $40.0 million for the Facilities
Renewal Program in 2000-2001.

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Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
SuperBuild Enhancement Initiatives

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Budget 2000 - Capital Projects
Total Allocation : $231.0 Million
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Institution Project Allocation
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Algoma University College Learning Pavilion $650,000
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Brock University New Academic Complex $15,570,000
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Hearst University College Kapuskasing Campus Modernization $120,000
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Nipissing University Academic Expansion $11,200,000
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Ontario College of Art Centre for Design $24,000,000
and Design
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Trent University Faculty of Arts and Science $26,230,000
Academic Facilities
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University of Windsor Multi Media Learning Centre $10,660,000
and Dramatic Arts
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Algonquin College Advanced Technology Centre $10,000,000
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Canadore College Integrated Aviation Program $8,600,000
Relocation
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Conestoga College Expansion of Training/Education $14,220,000
Capacity
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Confederation College Paterson Aviation Training Centre $3,990,000
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Fanshawe College London Campus Capacity Expansion $27,460,000
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Humber College Lakeshore Campus Development $17,800,000
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La Cité Collégiale Media Centre $4,000,000
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Lambton College Renovation and Addition of $2,880,000
Classroom and Computer Lab Space
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Loyalist College Quinte High-Tech Access Centre $4,000,000
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Mohawk College Centre for Excellence in $8,480,000
Information Technology
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Niagara College Hospitality and Tourism Expansion $4,290,000
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Sault College Distributed Learning, Computer $3,380,000
Technologies and Health Science
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Sheridan College Expansion of Centre for Animation $7,200,000
and Emerging Technologies
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St. Lawrence College Learning Commons for the $16,180,000
21st Century
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Joint Projects
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Fanshawe College & Communication, Information and $4,320,000
University of Western Multi Media Studies
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Sir Sandford Fleming Cooperative Ventures: $2,810,000
College & Trent Infrastructure
University
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St. Clair College & Integrated Engineering and $2,960,000
University of Windsor Technology Learning Program
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For further information: Danielle LaBossiere, Minister's office, (416) 326-1615; Dave Ross, Communications branch, (416) 325-2709