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Ontario Supporting Modern Science and Technology Facilities for Ottawa Students

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Ontario Supporting Modern Science and Technology Facilities for Ottawa Students

Province Investing in New, State-of-the-Art Building at the University of Ottawa

Ontario is investing in a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex at the University of Ottawa that will better equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers was joined by David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South at the University of Ottawa today to announce funding for the new facilities.

The investment from the province and the federal government will help the University of Ottawa create the new state-of-the-art complex and replace obsolete, energy-inefficient buildings. The multidisciplinary STEM innovation hub will provide students and researchers with access to business development expertise, supporting science and technology entrepreneurship.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening 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 almost $115 million, and includes $51.5 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $6.4 million from Ontario, and $57.1 million from the University of Ottawa.
  • 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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Nathalie Des Rosiers

“As the new MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, and the former Dean of Common Law here at the University of Ottawa, I am delighted that our government is supporting this important project that will provide the University of Ottawa with access to an innovative STEM complex. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to providing students with the skills required for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Nathalie Des Rosiers

MPP for Ottawa-Vanier

“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.”

David McGuinty

Member of Parliament for Ottawa South

“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

“Thanks to its interdisciplinary focus, the STEM complex will be a unique place for students from all faculties to meet and collaborate. It will provide fertile ground for the cross-pollination of ideas and for the nourishment of research breakthroughs.”

Jacques Frémont

President, University of Ottawa

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