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Boosting Post-Secondary Research and Training in the North

New Facility for Engineering and Sciences to Support Innovation and Create Jobs

Ontario is supporting a new facility at Lakehead University to boost research and innovation, increase lab space and create 67 new local jobs.

Minister of Northern Development and Mines Bill Mauro made the announcement this morning at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The support will allow the university to build its new Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences, which will include space for advanced training programs for graduate students and modern research facilities.

The Centre will also provide services to assist local businesses in developing and commercializing their products and support the work of the university's four new Canada Research Chairs. Ontario's support will also help the university purchase specialized equipment for innovative research.

Supporting research, innovation and post-secondary education is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $5 million in this project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).
  • Since 2013, the province has invested more than $471 million through the NOHFC in over 3,050 projects, leveraging more than $1.5 billion in direct economic activity and creating or sustaining over 10,530 jobs in Northern Ontario.
  • In the Greater Thunder Bay area, the NOHFC has invested more than $72 million in 598 projects that have helped create or retain more than 1,800 jobs since 2013.

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“Lakehead University continues to position itself as a leader in research and innovation. This investment in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences will provide the modern space and equipment for researchers and students.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Lakehead is proud to be one of Canada’s fastest growing regional research universities. We thank the province for investing in this project and helping us increase our research capacity, which will provide space for our talented researchers and students to conduct work in modern new labs with state-of-the-art equipment.”

Dr. Brian J.R. Stevenson

President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University

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