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Ontario Invests in Modern and Energy Efficient Facilities for Laurier Students

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Ontario Invests in Modern and Energy Efficient Facilities for Laurier Students

Province Supporting Modernization of Waterloo and Brantford Campuses

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is investing in modern and sustainable facilities at Wilfrid Laurier University that will better support students as they acquire the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre and Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, were joined by Bardish Chagger, MP for Waterloo at Laurier today to announce funding for the Laurier Energy Efficiency Project (LEEP).

The investment from the province and the federal government supports Laurier's sustainable energy management initiative, and will allow the university to renew and modernize its building systems on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, and centralize its energy management system to improve energy efficiency. Design work is already underway.  

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 approximately $8.9 million, and includes $4.4 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $2.2 million from Ontario, and $2.2 from Laurier.
  • 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 project to give Wilfrid Laurier students access to modern and energy efficient facilities. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.”

Deb Matthews

Ontario’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“Our government is proud to support the Laurier Energy Efficiency Project which gives Wilfrid Laurier University students access to renewed and upgraded facilities. We know that supporting high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly-skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow. This investment will help us to do that.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP Kitchener Centre

“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.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Investments like these will support our world-class researchers and position Canada as a global leader in research excellence and innovation. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are providing Canada’s students with the education and training they need to join a strong, healthy middle class.”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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