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Ontario Celebrates Grand Opening of Laurentian University's School of Architecture

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Ontario Celebrates Grand Opening of Laurentian University's School of Architecture

Province Preparing Sudbury Students for Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is celebrating the grand opening of Laurentian University's new architecture school - the first of its kind to open in Canada in 45 years - which will help prepare students in Sudbury for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was joined by Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault and federal, provincial, and municipal colleagues at the McEwen School of Architecture today to celebrate the facility's official opening.

The province supported the construction of the architecture school, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ontario, with a capacity for 400 French and English architecture students, and will encourage students to study and stay in the North. The 77,000 square-foot complex includes a new double-winged building, plus two century-old repurposed Canadian Pacific rail and telegraph buildings. The space was designed to the highest level of sustainability, which will provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn the latest concepts in green building design and sustainable development.

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 education in the North is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario contributed nearly $27 million to build the new facility: $21 million from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and $5.74 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
  • Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture, which offers courses in English and French, is the first of its kind in Canada and provides new opportunities to students wishing to study and stay in Northern Ontario.
  • Five Aboriginal Institutes projects have received funding from the federal Strategic Investment Fund program.
  • 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 believes in the importance of a postsecondary education. That’s why we are investing in postsecondary infrastructure, in the creation of essential new schools like the McEwen School of Architecture, and removing the financial barriers to higher education through the new OSAP. I congratulate Laurentian University and look forward to seeing it produce the next generation of Northern architects.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“Today’s grand opening of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University is an important milestone for the university, for Sudbury and for every student looking to become an architect. By meeting demand for more places for architecture students to learn, Laurentian continues to evolve as an important hub for Northern Ontario. Located in downtown Sudbury, the school will also help revitalize downtown Sudbury. This is a sure-fire win for students, the local community and Ontario’s economy.”

Glenn Thibeault

Energy Minister, MPP Sudbury

“The support from the Province made it possible to realize the dreams of our community and young students wanting to pursue an architectural education in Northern Ontario. Today we proudly celebrate over ten years of work bringing the vision for the McEwen School of Architecture to fruition and the commitment to a sustainable future for our young people.”

Dominic Giroux

President and Vice Chancellor of Laurentian University

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