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College Students Building Cabins at Ontario Parks

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College Students Building Cabins at Ontario Parks

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is expanding a successful partnership with college students to build cabins, giving visitors to Bon Echo and Fushimi Lake provincial parks more options for overnight stays.

Construction students at Loyalist College and College Boréal are using building plans and materials provided by Ontario Parks to build rustic cabins. These projects prepare students for the workforce by giving them opportunities to do everything from framing to finishing work. 

Helping students get the experience they need to find good jobs is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • The first cabin has been moved to Bon Echo Provincial Park and will be available for reservation this summer. Two more cabins will be ready for the 2015 camping season.
  • The rustic cabins will be 4.8 metres by 7.1 metres and will sleep six people.
  • The Ontario government's new Youth Jobs Strategy will help create 30,000 job opportunities for young people across the province. Ontario is investing $295 million over two years into the strategy.
  • In 2013, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario parks provide barrier-free facilities.

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“The expansion of partnerships to build more cabins is a testament to the great work being done by students at Loyalist College and College Boréal. More cabins mean more valuable hands-on experience for students and more opportunities for visitors to enjoy our beautiful parks.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“A strong and dynamic skilled trades sector is crucial to Ontario’s economic prosperity. Collaborative activities such as these help students learn practical skills. Our government will continue to support creative partnerships with institutions such as Loyalist College and College Boréal that help equip our students with the skills they need to compete in the global economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Loyalist College is very excited to have our construction renovation techniques students, faculty and staff working on this partnership with Ontario Parks. It has been fun to see the rustic cabin developing on campus and now that it’s been moved to the park, we look forward to seeing how the building will be enjoyed by park visitors.”

Maureen Piercy

president, Loyalist College

“This is a great opportunity for our students to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Parks to build cabins for the provincial parks. This partnership provides real-life experience for these students, which engages them in their learning experience while reducing costs to both parties and, ultimately, for the taxpayer.”

Brian Vaillancourt

dean, school of trades and applied technology, College Boréal

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