Building Together: Investing in Ottawa's Colleges and Universities
Increasing the number of student spaces at Ottawa's colleges and universities is an important element of Putting Students First, the McGuinty government's plan to provide quality, affordable postsecondary education and training to Ontario families. Ontario's investment of $52.6 million in Algonquin College, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa is part of the government's long-term capital plan.
University of Ottawa:
Ontario students will have the best classrooms and study space with a new addition at the University of Ottawa.
The new Learning Centre and additions to the Morisset Library will improve student life and create more spaces for Ontario students. The project will add infrastructure to broadcast lectures and seminars online, with 10 new innovative, multimedia classrooms.
Ontario is investing $30 million in the renovation of the Learning Centre and Morisset Library at University of Ottawa.
Ontario students will have more access to e-learning and distance education thanks to new facilities at Algonquin College.
The construction of a new audio and video studio, along with two multi-media and video conference rooms will help more students access online courses. Traditional classrooms will be transformed into specialized labs to improve the online learning experience. The new labs will also provide students with in-class and hands-on training spaces that are part of the online/blended learning courses.
Ontario is investing $6.6 million to expand Algonquin College's online courses.
Ontario students will have improved library facilities and more study spaces thanks to major improvements to Carleton University's library.
The expansion and renovation of the MacOdrum Library will accommodate growing needs for more Carleton students. Two new floors will house book stacks, classrooms, study areas, a digital media centre and a help desk. There will also be new facilities for special collections.
Ontario is investing $16 million in the expansion and renovation of Carleton University's library.
Building a Stronger Ontario Together
Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested approximately $3 billion in capital funding at Ontario colleges and universities, not including today's announcement.
The 2011 Budget - Turning the Corner- announced additional operating support that will help create places for more than 60,000 additional students in Ontario's colleges and universities by 2015-16.