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Fanshawe's Downtown Campus Expanding

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Fanshawe's Downtown Campus Expanding

McGuinty Government Invests in Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping Fanshawe College expand into downtown London with a new leading-edge learning space for arts and technology students.

The new School of Applied and Performing Arts will be a key part of London's new education and arts district, providing space for more students in Fanshawe's theatre, design, digital media, culinary and hospitality programs. The project was developed in partnership with the City of London as part of a plan to revitalize London's downtown core.

Increasing the number of student spaces at colleges and universities is an important element of Putting Students First, the McGuinty government's plan to provide quality, affordable postsecondary education and training to Ontario families.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's investment of $6 million in Fanshawe College's arts expansion project is part of the McGuinty government's long-term capital plan.
  • This project will create approximately 75 construction-related jobs.
  • Up to 11,900 square metres of existing downtown building space will be renovated to eventually accommodate students as new programs move to the neighbourhood.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $3 billion in capital funding at Ontario colleges and universities.
  • The 2011 Budget - Turning The Corner announced additional operating support that will help create places for more than 60,000 additional students in Ontario's colleges and universities by 2015-16.

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“Our government's investment in the Fanshawe campus adds to the province's future prosperity. Every community, every region must have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and well-being of Ontario.”

Khalil Ramal

MPP for London-Fanshawe

“Ontario is putting students first by creating more opportunities at our colleges and universities so we can build the skilled and knowledgeable workforce needed for the global economy. Our government's investment in theatre arts will help Fanshawe College students succeed, revitalize part of London's downtown and create good jobs today.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Provincial government support enables Fanshawe to move more aggressively forward on establishing a downtown School of Applied and Performance Arts, helping our students get the best possible education to succeed. Based on a vision of encouraging creativity and excellence, the School will prepare students for leadership careers in the arts, digital media and hospitality industries. This investment also supports the revitalization of London's core, serving as a major anchor in the downtown and a catalyst for expanded cultural partnerships and activities.”

Dr. Howard Rundle

President, Fanshawe College

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