Governments Of Canada And Ontario Announce Knowledge Infrastructure Projects Underway: Groundbreaking Celebration At Sault College
John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Dr. Ron Common, college president, today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new academic wing at Sault College, which received federal and provincial funding totalling $16 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Ontario's 2009 Budget. The college provided $4.5 million, and the City of Sault Ste. Marie allocated $650,000 in land and funding. Fundraising for the project is continuing.
The $25-million, 75,000-square-foot academic wing will accommodate various programs such as the college's flagship Aviation Program, and provide space for a combat training centre and a Justice Studies Lab. The building will feature a reconfigured gateway entrance, a 120-seat multimedia lecture theatre, 19 flexible classrooms and learning commons on all three floors.
In total, the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $1.5 billion in 49 projects at Ontario's colleges and universities, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the Ontario 2009 Budget.
The Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2 billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions is part of the $12 billion in new infrastructure investment allocated under Canada's Economic Action Plan.
The program is providing real economic stimulus and employment by creating local jobs for engineers, architects, trades people and technicians. It is also helping to generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.
The Government of Ontario, in its 2009 budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Ontario's Economic Future, committed to investing in infrastructure and has designated $780 million to colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity over the next two years.
“The Knowledge Infrastructure Program provides an opportunity for effective partnerships between the provincial and the federal government during this time of economic challenge," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor. "The solid cooperative efforts to deepen support for post-secondary education will bring lasting benefits for all Canadians.”
“By investing in Sault College, we are investing in today's students, providing them with the facilities needed to train for tomorrow's jobs," said Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy. "Our investment will help create jobs in the District of Algoma at a time when its families are struggling to cope with the effects of a global economic recession.”
“This is an important day in the history of Sault College. The funds that have been generously contributed by the governments of Canada and Ontario constitute the largest single investment in the college since it opened its doors for the first time - and will help us to provide students and staff with the academic facility that they deserve," said Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College. "At Sault College we have experienced significant growth this year in our enrolment and we look forward to continued growth and success as a result of this redevelopment of our campus”
Dr. Ron Common