Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Knowledge Infrastructure Projects Underway: Groundbreaking at University of Waterloo
Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation and David Johnston, President, 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 math portion of the project will support expanded research capacity for the faculty of mathematics, allowing for growth in the interdisciplinary areas of computational intelligence, health informatics and new media technologies.
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 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.
“This funding will help the University of Waterloo create a better educational environment for the cutting edge researchers in our community," said MP Peter Braid. "It is one way that our government is working to strengthen Canada's capacity to innovate and translate research into meaningful benefits for all Canadians.”
“This investment not only creates direct jobs for the Waterloo area, it also supports research and education that will help create future opportunities for all Ontarians," said John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "The Mathematics 3 building will support developing advanced technologies and train highly-qualified personnel to transfer new discoveries into Canadian industry.”
“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 much-needed research and teaching space for our Faculty of Mathematics and advanced research facilities for our Department of Chemical Engineering. It strengthens Waterloo's ability to meet growing enrolment demand in high-tech fields and gives innovative research programs room to grow.”