Ernie Eves government opens Goodes Hall at Queen's University to provide more spaces for students
KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's plan to ensure every willing and qualified student continues to secure a space in a college or university moves closer to completion with the official opening of Goodes Hall at Queen's University, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"Since being appointed Minister, I have made it a top priority to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs," Cunningham said. "With Goodes Hall, Queen's can meet the needs of their growing student population as they prepare for the double cohort."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $6 million to the total cost of Goodes Hall at Queen's University that will create approximately 250 new student spaces in time for the increased enrolment in 2003. The new School of Business includes state of the art classrooms, team rooms and lounges all wired for Internet connection.
"This innovative project, which brings together a university, the private sector and government, is one way we are providing students with a wider range of choices in high-quality postsecondary education," Cunningham said. "By working together, we are ensuring that our students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
"Goodes Hall is the latest success story in our partnership with SuperBuild that, together with the incredible private support of people like Commerce '57 alum Mel Goodes, has set the stage for the largest infrastructure renewal in our history," said William C. Leggett, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen's University. "Significant financial commitments from the public sector through projects like SuperBuild help us to meet the challenges of the double cohort, and are essential in the longer term to maintaining a level of academic excellence at Queen's that Ontario and indeed, Canada can be proud of."
Through SuperBuild, the Ontario government, with its partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario to prepare for the expected increase in enrolment. This includes recent investments announced for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Ottawa that 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 2003-2004 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