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Ontario Investing $23 Million for State-of-the-Art Building at the University of Guelph

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Ontario Investing $23 Million for State-of-the-Art Building at the University of Guelph

Province Supporting Highly Specialized Job Training at Ontario Veterinary College

Ontario is investing $23 million in a cutting-edge clinical learning building at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College to support highly specialized and in-demand jobs across Ontario.

The province's investment will help build a new learning space with modern and flexible classrooms that will use computer-based case studies, patient simulators and medical communications labs to give students hands-on, interactive learning experiences. In addition, the college will renovate its existing veterinary hospital to provide new space for advanced surgery and anaesthesia.

A one-of-a-kind Ontario institution, the Ontario Veterinary College provides highly specialized training in veterinary medicine and makes a unique contribution to research in areas such as animal and human health and food security. Ontario's investment will leverage technology to improve training, safety and biosecurity for tomorrow's veterinarians and researchers, and help the college maintain its status as a recognized global leader in its field.   

Renewing space at the Ontario Veterinary College is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Improving postsecondary infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s investment will provide Ontario Veterinary College students with access to almost 70,000 square feet of new and renovated space.
  • This project is part of Ontario’s plan to provide $3 billion in capital grants to postsecondary institutions over 10 years.
  • The province has invested $3.6 billion in capital funding for Ontario colleges and universities since 2003.
  • The Ontario Veterinary College was founded in 1862 to train the people needed to care for horses in the colony of Upper Canada.
  • In addition to teaching and research, the Ontario Veterinary College cares for more than 16,000 companion animals, equine, domestic, farm animal and exotic species annually.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million.

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Reza Moridi

“Our government understands that providing access to high-quality education and training is critical to building bright futures for Ontario students, and to helping our province compete and win in the knowledge economy. That’s why I’m particularly proud of our investment in the Ontario Veterinary College, which will give students access to the state-of-the art facilities they need to prepare for successful careers as practitioners and researchers. Future graduates will provide a valuable return on the province’s investment, by getting good jobs and applying their skills to make an impact on key sectors of our economy and our communities.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Liz Sandals

“The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College has a long, proud tradition of providing students with highly specialized training in veterinary medicine and making significant contributions to research in areas such as animal and human health and food security. I am delighted that that our government is investing $23 million in a cutting-edge clinical learning building that will support the college’s world-renowned program that provides students with hands-on, interactive learning experiences and research opportunities that improve our quality of life.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education and MPP for Guelph

“We are extremely grateful to the Ontario government for this strategic investment in the future of health and veterinary medicine.‎ OVC is the province’s only veterinary medical college. This critical funding will support our continued accreditation and help us maintain our leadership position in innovative education and research in animal and human health.”

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino

President, University of Guelph

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