New hospitality and tourism facility at Niagara College part of Ontario's commitment for increased student enrolment
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE,ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government took another step to deliver new spaces for students at Niagara College, with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hospitality and tourism facility, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"Through SuperBuild, we are committed to revitalizing and modernizing Ontario's postsecondary institutions to ensure that every willing and qualified student has access to the world-class facilities and programs they need to succeed in today's economy," said Cunningham.
The government has contributed $4.29 million to the total cost of the new facility at the college's Glendale campus, which will create 375 new student spaces, allowing the college to double enrolment in the program. The building, which will house the School of Hospitality and Tourism and the Niagara Culinary Institute, will feature a 120-seat dining room, new food preparation labs and classrooms.
"The tourism industry is investing billions in new attractions in the Niagara Region and our government is proud to support training and education programs needed to develop a skilled workforce that will help capture Ontario's share of an increasingly competitive tourism market," said Cam Jackson, Minister of Tourism and Recreation.
"This innovative partnership will ensure that the Niagara Region has the skilled workforce it needs to attract jobs and investment, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors," said Tim Hudak, MPP for Erie-Lincoln and Minister of Consumer and Business Services.
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, is making the largest capital investment in Ontario's colleges and universities in more than 30 years. The government, with it partners, has already invested $1.8 billion in new capital construction on postsecondary campuses to create more than 73,000 new student spaces.
"Tourism is expected to employ 36,000 people in the Niagara Region in the next few years," said Niagara Falls MPP Bart Maves. "We, the Ontario government, continue to support Niagara College's training programs to ensure that Niagara residents get every opportunity to fill the wide variety of jobs the tourism industry will be creating."
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For further information: Contacts: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709