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Ontario Marks Groundbreaking of Brock University's Expanded Business School

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Ontario Marks Groundbreaking of Brock University's Expanded Business School

Province Supporting Student Learning, Entrepreneurship in St. Catharines

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Today, Ontario celebrated the groundbreaking of a major renovation and expansion project at Brock University's Goodman School of Business that will help better connect students, entrepreneurs, researchers and local businesses.

As announced in the 2015 Budget, Ontario invested $10 million to reconfigure and modernize Goodman's current facilities in Taro Hall.

The facility will feature:

  • New classrooms
  • Refurbished and modernized existing classrooms
  • A new research lab
  • New interview rooms with the latest technology to support prospective employers who are meeting students
  • More seminar rooms, meeting spaces and faculty offices

This project will result in more than 75,000 square feet of new, renovated and refreshed space at the Goodman School of Business, making it a landmark on Brock's campus and for the surrounding St. Catharines community.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario'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. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that are helping to keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in 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

  • The Goodman School of Business is currently home to more than 3,300 students.
  • Expansion of the facility is expected to accommodate more than 160 new business students.
  • Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.
  • Ontario has invested $3.6 billion in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2003, and over the next 10 years, plans to provide an additional $3 billion in capital grants.
  • Research shows every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.

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“The Ontario government is proud to support the expansion and modernization of the Goodman School of Business, which will give students in St. Catharines access to the state-of-the-art facilities and expanded space that a modern, innovative business education demands. Supporting new, innovative learning space at the Goodman School of Business will ensure more students can work directly with Ontario’s business community and gain the experience they need to be the business leaders of tomorrow.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“With this substantial investment in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, the Ontario government is showing its commitment to postsecondary education by providing students with modern facilities that will enhance the academic experience and allow for greater communication with the business community.”

Jim Bradley

MPP for St. Catharines

“Brock is extremely grateful to the Goodman Family and the Ontario government for enabling this important breakthrough. Demand has grown for Goodman School of Business programs, to the point where the existing building was not meeting our needs. Besides expanding our physical capacity, this project also grows and updates the scope and quality of our facilities. It will be a great benefit to our students.”

Brian Hutchings

Acting President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University

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