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New jobs, new waterfront

McGuinty Government Invests In Training For New Careers

Office of the Premier

Ontario is helping Ontario colleges meet the growing demand for workers in health sciences and skilled trades. The province will invest $61.5 million in George Brown College, creating up to 4,000 new spots for more students.

The funding will help build a new waterfront campus on land east of Jarvis Street and expand two other campuses in Toronto. The new health sciences centre will feature the latest technology and almost 1,300 new nurses will be trained by 2015. Construction of the campus will create about 880 jobs.

The Casa Loma and St. James campuses will provide more apprenticeship spaces and other training programs in skilled trades. Students will learn high-demand skilled trades such as carpentry, industrial and electrical technologies and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

The funding is subject to the City of Toronto approving George Brown's waterfront expansion.

This funding is part of the government's three-year $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan. 

Quick Facts

  • George Brown College currently operates out of three campuses in downtown Toronto, serving about 14,000 full-time students and 50,000 continuing education students.
  • Since 2002-03, the Ontario government has invested more than $38 million in George Brown to upgrade equipment, improve and build more campus space.
  • About 4,000 new nurses will graduate in 2008. Ontario’s Nursing Graduate Guarantee means every one of them will have the opportunity to obtain a full-time job.

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“Investing in a new campus for George Brown will create jobs — now and in the future. Our students will graduate with the best training anywhere.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“This investment will help us meet the demand for highly skilled workers in Ontario, which will strengthen our economy and help improve everyone’s quality of life. This is an example of fantastic ‘city building’ — getting much needed extra post-secondary school space while also revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront.”

George Smitherman

MPP, Toronto Centre



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