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Ontario Invests in Innovative Learning Facilities for Thunder Bay Students

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Ontario Invests in Innovative Learning Facilities for Thunder Bay Students

Province Supporting New Advanced Engineering and Science Centre at Lakehead University

Ontario is investing in new advanced research and training facilities at Lakehead University, to help equip students in Thunder Bay with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North was joined by Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North at Lakehead today to make the announcement.

The investment from the province and the federal government in Lakehead's Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Science, will support a new laboratories and research facilities, including new space for graduate students focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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 $18.6 million and includes $8 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $1.5 million from Ontario, and $9.1 million from Lakehead 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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“Today’s investment in Lakehead University’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Science will give students in northern Ontario access to state-of-the-art laboratories and provide space for them to advance their research and develop new technologies. By supporting this important project, our government is helping to grow the local economy and create jobs for Thunder Bay residents today, while providing students access to high-quality education and training facilities to support the jobs of tomorrow.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Lakehead University has positioned itself as a leader in the area of research and innovation, both provincially and nationally and, at the same time, helping to drive economic growth in Thunder Bay and the Region. I am pleased that the province is investing in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences (CASES). It will allow Lakehead to further enhance their tremendous work supporting development and enhancement of the knowledge economy in Thunder Bay and the region.”

Bill Mauro

MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“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 middle-class 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

“Our government is committed to supporting innovation and economic development, which will help grow the economy across Northern Ontario. This investment will allow Lakehead University to modernize its facilities so that students, local businesses and innovators can create and innovate in state-of-the-art environments.”

Patty Hajdu

MP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“This funding will make it possible for our talented researchers and students to do their work to the fullest of their abilities in new labs with state of the art equipment. Thank you to the federal and provincial governments for this support.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean

Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University

“Thanks to the federal and provincial governments, Lakehead University will create a new space on campus that will allow our researchers to answer important questions and create exceptional innovations that will impact this region and the world. This investment will significantly increase research and entrepreneurial opportunities at Lakehead University.”

Dr. Brian Stevenson

President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University

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