Ontario Invests in Innovative Learning Facilities at Fanshawe College
Province Equipping Students with Skills for Jobs of Today and Tomorrow
Ontario is investing in new labs and improved biotechnology research facilities at Fanshawe College that will better equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was joined by London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos at Fanshawe College today to celebrate the start of construction of the new facility.
The investment from the province and the federal government will allow Fanshawe College to refresh its existing building to include a new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology. The new centre will advance biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental technology programs through research and innovation with industry collaborations and partnerships. Site work and demolition is underway.
Ontario is making 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 hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will 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 our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The overall cost to complete this project is approximately $9 million, and includes $4 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $2.2 million from Ontario, and $2.8 million from Fanshawe College.
- Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
“Our government is proud to support this important project to give Fanshawe College students access to renewed facilities that will advance biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental technology programs through collaborative research with industry partners. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.”
“This infrastructure investment at Fanshawe College is excellent news for one of Ontario's largest colleges. Fanshawe has made a commitment to educate, engage, empower and excite, and the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology will do just that. These investments – which are taking place across Canada – will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.”
“I could not be more thrilled to see such a pillar of our community receive the support it deserves. Fanshawe College can now continue its critical work at the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB) with the new $6.2M investment made by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Our government understands the importance of having advanced facilities to encourage the new generation of innovators in both our community and across the nation. It is important that we continue creating jobs for the future and promoting long-term growth.”
“Fanshawe’s new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology will allow the College to prepare graduates for relevant and rewarding careers in biotechnology, while providing space for students to collaborate on research projects with industry partners. The Centre will also have modern lab space for our senior students to work on projects in an independent environment. We thank the federal and provincial governments for their continued support of Fanshawe College.”