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Governments Of Canada And Ontario Announce Knowledge Infrastructure Projects Underway: Groundbreaking Celebration At University of Waterloo

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Governments Of Canada And Ontario Announce Knowledge Infrastructure Projects Underway: Groundbreaking Celebration At University of Waterloo

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Waterloo, Ontario, Sept. 24, 2009 -- Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation and Adel Sedra, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Engineering and Math Project expansion at the university, which received federal and provincial funding totalling $36 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Ontario's 2009 Budget. Other investments include $11 million from the university.

The Engineering and Math Project Expansion will include two new buildings to support research in interdisciplinary areas including bio-chemical and bio-processing, tissue engineering, green energy, environmental systems, computational intelligence, health informatics and new media technologies. The new buildings will accommodate 35 additional faculty members and 310 graduate students, many new research labs and infrastructure facilities as well as interaction rooms used for research and outreach. In addition, three 80-seat classrooms and two 30-seat classrooms will be added to alleviate pressure on math teaching space campus-wide.

Today's groundbreaking of the engineering portion of the project will support cutting edge research in chemical engineering.

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.

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“Through the renewal of college and university facilities, our researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence," said MP Peter Braid. "Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Canada's position as a world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians.”

Peter Braid

MP for Kitchener-Waterloo

“By investing in the University of Waterloo, we are investing in some of the most promising research and innovation sectors," said Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy. "This investment will help create jobs in Waterloo, give students and staff the facilities they need and keep Ontario at the forefront of scientific advancement.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“This major funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program allows the University of Waterloo to greatly enhance our teaching and research capabilities," said Waterloo President David Johnston. "It will provide advanced research facilities for our Department of Chemical Engineering and much-needed research and teaching space for our Faculty of Mathematics. It strengthens Waterloo's ability to meet growing enrolment demand in high-tech fields and gives innovative research programs room to grow.”

David Johnston

President, University of Waterloo

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