Ernie Eves government invests $40 million in facility upgrades for colleges and universities

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Ernie Eves government invests $40 million in facility upgrades for colleges and universities

TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's colleges and universities will receive $40 million from the Ernie Eves government to modernize and upgrade facilities, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"It is 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," Cunningham said. "This investment is another step in our plan to ensure that Ontario's postsecondary institutions are prepared for the double cohort. We are committed to help colleges and universities revitalize existing academic facilities for a new generation of students."
Since 1999, the Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has invested $337.5 million to help Ontario's colleges and universities modernize and renew existing buildings, and use existing space more efficiently to create room for additional students.
"While developing our plan for the double cohort, I said repeatedly that we would be successful in our efforts to put students first. We have done that. I want to assure Ontarians - especially students and parents in the double cohort - that we are ready for the increased enrolment," said Cunningham.
"Seneca is committed to offering a variety of new programs and creating as many student spaces as possible in the coming year," said Seneca College President Rick Miner. "We are optimistic the funding increases and support provided by the government will allow us to achieve these objectives."
In addition, in the 2002 Budget the government announced that it would commit to new postsecondary SuperBuild proposals to increase the number of student spaces in the areas where they are most needed.
To prepare for the expected increase in enrolment, the Ontario government, with its SuperBuild partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create more than 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario. In addition to new construction, colleges and universities have committed to creating another 36,000 student spaces by modernizing existing facilities.
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 the new faculty required to respond to increased enrolment.

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Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Postsecondary Education Division
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2002 - 2003 FACILITIES RENEWAL PROGRAM
TOTAL ALLOCATION: $40.0 MILLION
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College Allocation ($) University Allocation ($)
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Algonquin College 899,240 Brock University 685,300
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Collège Boréal 250,290 Carleton University 1,331,900
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Collège Boréal
Central-SW 133,000 University of Guelph 1,734,800
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Cambrian College 415,060 Lakehead University 615,100
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Canadore College 340,990 Laurentian University 516,200
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Centennial College 785,740 Algoma College 133,500
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La Cité collégiale 350,110 Le Collège de Hearst 133,500
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Conestoga College 464,440 McMaster University 1,748,200
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Confederation College 396,920 Nipissing University 243,200
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Durham College 442,320 Ontario College of Art
and Design 256,400
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Fanshawe College 753,590 University of Ottawa 2,006,900
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George Brown College 827,410 Queen's University 1,810,200
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Georgian College 532,220 Ryerson Polytechnic
University 1,254,300
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Humber College 929,780 University of Toronto 5,272,900
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Lambton College 280,900 Trent University 436,100
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Loyalist College 344,430 University of Waterloo 1,752,100
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Mohawk College 673,030 University of Western
Ontario 2,731,400
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Niagara College 451,460 Wilfrid Laurier
University 600,300
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Northern College 261,540 University of Windsor 943,800
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St. Clair College 537,610 York University 2,493,900
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St. Lawrence College 471,800
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Sault College 362,890
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Seneca College 1,094,820
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Sheridan College 789,110
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Sir Sandford Fleming
College 511,300
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TOTAL 13,300,000 TOTAL 26,700,000
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For further information: Media Contacts: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748