New academic complex at Brock University means more spaces for Ontario students
ST. CATHARINES, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government moves forward to create spaces for all willing and qualified students with the official opening of the new academic complex at Brock University, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"Since being appointed Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in 1999, I have made it a top priority of our government to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs they need to reach their full potential," Cunningham said. "With the new academic complex, Brock can meet the needs of their growing student population as they prepare for the double cohort."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $15.57 million to the total cost of the new academic complex at Brock University that will create approximately 1,700 new student spaces in time for the increased enrolment in 2003. The new academic complex includes classrooms and state-of- the-art multi-media lecture halls. It also includes teaching and research laboratories, for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, to be used for disciplines such as biomechanics, exercise physiology and human anatomy/pathology.
"This innovative project, which brings together the university, the private sector and the Ontario government, is one way we are providing students with a wider range of choices in high-quality postsecondary education," said Tim Hudak, MPP for Erie-Lincoln and Minister of Consumer and Business Services. "By working together, we are ensuring that our students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
"These impressive new facilities will advance teaching and research at the University for years to come," said Brock President David Atkinson. "This project would never have been possible without the support of the minister and SuperBuild, as well as the many private donors who believe in Brock's plans for the future."
Through SuperBuild, the Ontario government and its partners are investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects. This will create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario to prepare for the expected increase in enrolment. Other investments recently announced for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Ottawa will create an additional 4,370 new student spaces at these institutions.
As outlined in the 2002 Budget, SuperBuild will work with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to invite a new round of postsecondary SuperBuild proposals.
In addition to new capital construction since SuperBuild was established in 1999, the Ontario government has invested $337.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities to accommodate additional students. As part of its plan for the double cohort, the government has also committed to $368 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-04 to help them hire new faculty required to respond to the increased enrolment.
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For further information: Media Contacts: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625