Ernie Eves government invests $8.6 million in new aviation campus in Northern Ontario

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Ernie Eves government invests $8.6 million in new aviation campus in Northern Ontario

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

NORTH BAY, ON, Sept. 27 /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 Canadore College's new Aviation Campus at the North Bay Jack Garland Airport, 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. "Students of Canadore College's new comprehensive Aviation Campus will be prepared to meet the needs of employers by receiving a technological-based education in a state- of-the-art aviation/aerospace program."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $8.6 million to the total cost of the development of Canadore's new Aviation Campus located at the North Bay Airport. The new comprehensive Aviation Campus includes state- of-the-art classrooms, laboratories/hangars, and shops. It will also increase the number of student spaces available in the aviation program.
"This innovative project, which brings together a college, 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."
"Canadore College is important to the future economic growth of North Bay and Nipissing. This new aviation campus at Jack Garland Airport will give students the onsite applications needed to teach them the tools needed to succeed in their career," said Al McDonald, MPP Nipissing. "I am proud that this new state-of-the-art campus is in my riding."
"The opening of our new Aviation Campus represents a significant milestone for Canadore College. Aviation is one of our specialties and our programs allow us to support industry growth and respond to ongoing demand for our graduates," said Barbara Taylor, President of Canadore College. "Minister Cunningham is a strong supporter of our role as a college, which defines itself by the success of our graduates and their impact on regional economic development."
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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