Ontario Celebrates Opening of Engineering Facility at York University
Province Preparing Students for Jobs in the Knowledge-Based Economy
Today, Ontario celebrated the grand opening of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, an innovative new facility that will help students develop the specialized skills and knowledge they need to compete for high-demand engineering jobs.
The province invested $50 million to support the construction of the 170,000 square foot advanced learning and research facility with cutting-edge classrooms and laboratories. The Bergeron Centre is the new home of York University's School of Engineering and will provide innovative learning space for more than 2,000 students annually.
The Bergeron Centre will house seven undergraduate engineering programs including civil, computer, electrical, geomatic, mechanical, software and space engineering. Students will also be able to benefit from innovative cross-disciplinary collaborative programming between business and design programs, offered jointly by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Schulich School of Business, combining traditional engineering education with skills associated with entrepreneurship, collaboration, and creativity.
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.
- The Bergeron Centre will also house administrative, faculty and graduate student offices.
- Provincial funding for this project was originally announced in the 2011 Budget.
- Ontario has invested $3.6 billion in capital funding for Ontario colleges and universities since 2003.
- Over the next 10 years, Ontario plans to provide $3 billion in capital grants to postsecondary institutions.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million.
- The new Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy Expert Panel is developing a strategy to help the province’s workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven economy.
“Our government is proud to support York’s Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, a facility that is providing the next generation of engineers with the expertise they need to thrive in Ontario’s knowledge-based economy. I’m pleased that within this cutting-edge new learning space, York is advancing an innovative curriculum that is giving students access not only to training across a variety of engineering disciplines, but also to a number of critical skills employers are looking for like entrepreneurship, collaboration and creativity. I look forward to seeing the contributions future graduates will make to our society and to our economy as they turn these skills into high value jobs.”
“I am delighted that York University continues to be a trailblazer in academic innovation. This significant investment in our community by our provincial government in the cutting-edge Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence will help foster many of Ontario's brightest minds right here in York West. Our government's commitment to postsecondary education and infrastructure ensures that we continue to compete globally by preparing students for the high-skilled jobs demanded by a technology-driven economy.”
“The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence is a truly forward-looking, uniquely designed facility that will offer our engineering students unsurpassed experiential learning opportunities. The Centre is an exciting addition to campus life at York—one that will give our students a distinct advantage through access to flexible, collaborative learning spaces and research labs. This is how students prefer to learn today, and we’re proud to be able to provide facilities that support and reflect 21st century education.”