Improved Facilities At Mohawk College And McMaster University

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Improved Facilities At Mohawk College And McMaster University

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government On the Side Of Ontario Families Who Want Their Sons And Daughters To Find Opportunity HAMILTON, ON, April 27 - Postsecondary students in Hamilton will benefit from an improved learning environment due to McGuinty government investments in upgrades to buildings and facilities, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today. "We're on the side of families who want their children to find opportunity. That's why we're helping to improve the quality of postsecondary education for students by upgrading the physical space at Mohawk College and McMaster University," said Bentley. "At the same time, we are ensuring Mohawk students have access to the modern, state-of-the-art equipment they need to prepare for the demands of the workforce." The government has provided more than $3 million to upgrade facilities at both institutions and to purchase new equipment at the college. Mohawk College invested $542,840 to purchase equipment for applied music programs, hardware and software for the communications media program, software for geographical information systems, a body control simulator, and radiation sciences equipment. In addition, Mohawk College has spent $714,230 for roof maintenance at four campuses, brick repairs and upgrades to security systems and ventilation systems in chemical labs. Funding was also used for an HVAC unit for the computer room, to replace the hot water heater, and conduct an energy audit of its main campus. "We are grateful to the Ontario government for this investment which provides opportunity for students to learn on state-of-the-art equipment and go out into the workforce 'job ready' and highly skilled," said Mohawk president MaryLynn West-Moynes. McMaster University invested almost $1.8 million to upgrade utilities and classrooms, to repair roofs and replace windows, and to renovate washrooms to improve access for persons with disabilities. "What appears to be a bricks-and-mortar investment goes far deeper," said Peter George, president of McMaster University. "Investments like these allow us to create a better learning environment for our students. We're grateful for the government's help. Their ongoing commitment to facilities renewal is vitally important to the quality of campus life for our students, faculty and staff." Last year, the government provided a total of $50 million to Ontario colleges and universities under the Facilities Renewal Program and the College Equipment Renewal Fund. These programs are part of the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan. Under the plan, the government and its partners will invest more than $30 billion in Ontario's infrastructure over the next five years. This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is working to provide opportunity for Ontario youth. Other initiatives include: - Investing $6.2 billion over five years on greater accessibility, accountability and quality - Creating 75,000 more spaces in postsecondary facilities for qualified students - Doubling student aid so families can afford a postsecondary education. "The brains and know-how of a highly skilled workforce are the economic edge of the 21st century," added Bentley. "By enhancing the quality of the educational experience for students, we help them reach higher and strengthen Ontario's economic advantage." Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS, NEW EQUIPMENT AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES The McGuinty government provided a total of $50 million to Ontario colleges and universities to renovate buildings under the Facilities Renewal Program and to modernize equipment under the College Equipment Renewal Fund in 2005-06. Under the Facilities Renewal Program, the government invested $40 million to refurbish classrooms and laboratories and to upgrade heating and ventilation systems, improving energy efficiency and air quality. Funding was also used to complete renovations to make buildings more accessible and safe. The Facilities Renewal Program was established in 1986 to help colleges and universities renew and renovate aging campus buildings. Through the College Equipment and Renewal Fund, the government provided $10 million to modernize and purchase education-related equipment. This investment has been used to acquire and renew instructional equipment and learning resources. Computers, specialized software and lab and shop equipment need to be updated regularly to provide students with training that meets current business and industry standards. The College Equipment and Renewal Fund was established in 2002-03 to help colleges modernize and purchase new equipment. These programs are part of the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan. Under the plan, the government and its partners will invest more than $30 billion in Ontario's infrastructure by 2010. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.caFor further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416) 325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892