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Ontario Supporting Advanced Skills Training for Sudbury Students

Province Invests in Innovative Learning Spaces at Cambrian College

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is investing in campus modernization and the creation of a Centre for Power Training and Research at Cambrian College that will better equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy and MPP for Sudbury, was joined by Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury and Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt at Cambrian College today, to celebrate the start of construction of the new facilities.

The investment from the province and the federal government will allow Cambrian College to modernize classrooms and labs, enhance the student experience, and increase safety. The new Centre for Power Training and Research will provide a permanent home for Cambrian's Powerline program and will increase industry-specific training and research capacity.

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.

Quick Facts

  • The overall cost to complete these projects is approximately $8.7 million, and includes $4.3 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $700,000 from Ontario, and $3.6 million from Cambrian 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.

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“Our government is thrilled to be an investor in this important project, which will give Cambrian students access to renewed and upgraded facilities. The college continues to focus on energy efficiency while providing a first class learning environment. We realize that top quality education and training facilities are critical to building the highly- skilled workforce that is required to support good jobs. This guarantees economic growth for today and tomorrow.”

Glenn E. Thibeault

MPP for Sudbury

“This historic announcement for Cambrian College continues the positioning of Sudbury as a global centre for innovation. Thanks to Cambrian and the Strategic Investment Fund, Sudbury a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, and skills into jobs.”

Paul Lefebvre

Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that modernize post-secondary educational facilities and in doing so, empower institutions like Cambrian College to provide the best instruction possible to the next generation of Canada’s skilled workers and entrepreneurs. I am also delighted that this funding will create a permanent home for Cambrian College’s Centre for Power Training and Research in a state of the art facility that will produce numerous innovations when it comes to meeting Northern Ontario’s unique and challenging energy demands.”

Marc Serré

Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“We thank the federal and provincial government for recognizing our past success and our future potential through this crucial investment in our College and community. This investment will have a tremendous impact on our ability to generate economic, social, and cultural growth for our region and our country through targeted workforce development, research and innovation.”

Bill Best

President, Cambrian College

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