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Investing In People, Strengthening The Economy

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Investing In People, Strengthening The Economy

The Ontario government is investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians and helping to train today's workers for tomorrow's jobs through its $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.

As part of this plan, over three years, the government will invest $970 million over three years to build and improve places where students learn. The funding will support new construction and renovation projects as well as the purchase of new equipment. These projects will create construction jobs in the short-term and help students develop the skills they need to work in high-demand skilled trades in the future.

George Brown College will receive $61.5 million to help build a new campus on Toronto's waterfront. The campus will include a state-of-the-art health sciences building. The college will also expand facilities at its Casa Loma and St. James campuses. The expansion means the college will be able to educate almost 1,300 new students in nursing and health sciences.

The estimated total cost of this project is $88 million. This investment is expected to create 880 jobs.

Investing In Students

Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and the tools they need to succeed.

New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget include:

  • $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and apprenticeship programs across the province
  • $465 million over three years to provide more support for students, including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and $27 million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with travel costs
  • $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities

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