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Wilfrid Laurier University Expanding

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Wilfrid Laurier University Expanding

McGuinty Government Invests In Colleges And Universities

Ontario is helping Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) expand its Waterloo campus to provide students in business and mathematics with state-of-the-art classrooms and the latest technology.  

The new Global Innovation Exchange building at WLU will be home to the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Mathematics. It will foster collaboration with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and related industries in the Waterloo Region.

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 $72.6 million in Wilfrid Laurier University's Global Innovation Exchange is part of the McGunity government's upcoming long-term capital plan.
  • This project will create an estimated 1,030 construction jobs.
  • 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 operating funding to help 60,000 more students to go to college or university over the next five years.

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“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 the new Global Innovation Exchange will help Wilfrid Laurier's business and economics students succeed in the future, while creating good jobs today.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Our government's investment in the Waterloo 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.”

Leeanna Pendergast

MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

“This major investment in Laurier is an investment in the prosperity of the region and the province and the tremendous potential of our students. Government support during Laurier's centennial year recognizes our history of academic excellence and innovation and fosters our purposeful growth into Laurier's next century.”

Dr. Max Blouw

President and Vice-Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

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