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Nipissing University To Expand Science Research Facilities

Modern Research Laboratory to Benefit Northern Graduate Students

NORTH BAY - The Ontario government is helping Nipissing University in North Bay improve its infrastructure for graduate and post graduate students by investing in a new science research complex, Nipissing MPP Monique Smith announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"The McGuinty government understands that modern, quality educational facilities and instructors are crucial to the learning success of our young people," said Smith.  "Our investment will help Nipissing University introduce new graduate programs, promote studies in science and attract top research professionals to the North Bay area."

Nipissing University will receive $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to establish a three-storey, 35,000-square foot research complex, including new labs, research equipment and classrooms.  The new laboratory facilities will be used for research studies in biology, chemistry, geography and psychology.  They will also be available for private research contracts and for testing services to external third party groups.

"Our government is committed to supporting the highest standard of education and training for post secondary students in Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci, who is also Chair of the NOHFC. "By helping to provide higher learning opportunities in modern, first-class facilities, we are fostering the future growth and prosperity of our northern communities."  

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Other examples include:

•    Enhancing access to technology by making a $1.7 million investment to develop a network of virtual reality facilities across the North

•    Improving access to health care professionals and providing $6.7 million in bursaries for the students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

•    Investing more than $10.4 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 569 young northerners launch their careers in the North.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.


Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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