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Province Supporting High-Quality Learning Spaces for Kingston Students

Ontario Investing in Innovative Facilities at St. Lawrence College

Ontario is investing in new and upgraded facilities at St. Lawrence College, which will help equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, was joined by local MP Mark Gerretsen at St. Lawrence College today to celebrate the start of construction of the new facilities.

The investment from the province and the federal government supports St. Lawrence College's Hello Future - Where Innovation Meets Revitalization project that will accelerate the construction of a new and greener facility, expand existing skills training centres, and enhance research and innovation infrastructure.

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 this project is approximately $32.1 million, and includes $10.3 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $1.2 million from Ontario, and $6.6 million from St. Lawrence 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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“Ensuring that our postsecondary facilities are well maintained and provide a safe environment for faculty, staff and students is essential for inspiring innovation and skills development. I am delighted that this collaborative investment in the HELLO Future project will create modern learning spaces while doing its part to be energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Sophie Kiwala

MPP for Kingston and the Islands

“These infrastructure investments 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.”

Mark Gerretsen

Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

“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

“Encouraging scientific awareness in Ontario and across Canada depends on supporting our world-class scientists and researchers. Through investments such as those under the Strategic Investment Fund, we are continuing to lay the groundwork for making Canada a global leader in scientific excellence.”

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan

Minister of Science

“We are thrilled with this investment, which will ensure a bright future for St. Lawrence College and our students. Investing in students ensures they receive the best possible experience, and are prepared for career success.”

Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO, St. Lawrence College

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