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Ontario Investing in Modern Facilities for Ottawa Students

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Ontario Investing in Modern Facilities for Ottawa Students

Province Supporting Campus-Wide Energy Retrofit at Carleton University

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is investing in modern and energy-efficient facilities for students at Carleton University, which will offer new opportunities for experiential learning, and create space for applied research and development.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, joined local MP Catherine McKenna at Carleton today to make the announcement.

The investment from the province and the federal government will help Carleton University renew existing facilities, and support new infrastructure to house the Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments. This new institute will enable applied research on clean, health, and information and communication technologies.

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

  • Carleton University will install better lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and wireless infrastructure to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.
  • The Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) project will improve experiential learning and research for Carleton students.
  • The overall cost to complete these projects is approximately $49.9 million, and includes $22.5 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $3.9M from Ontario, and $23.5 million from Carleton University.
  • 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 proud to support this important modernization project, which will make Carleton University more energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. We know that providing access to high-quality education and modern training facilities is critical to building the highly-skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth.”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP for Ottawa Centre

“I am pleased to be here at Carleton today to announce the Government of Canada’s contributions to new facilities on campus. I am delighted to see that these new buildings will be energy efficient and provide research opportunities in environmental and climate science—a key field of research as Canada continues to take real action and find practical solutions to tackle climate change.”

Catherine McKenna

MP for Ottawa Centre

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