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McGuinty Government Supporting New Health Sciences School On Toronto Waterfront

Office of the Premier

Ontario is helping colleges and universities build the infrastructure needed to open more spaces for students, creating jobs today and opportunity tomorrow.

Over the last five years, Ontario has helped build more than 58,000 new spaces for students in colleges and universities and work is continuing to create even more new spaces.

Premier Dalton McGuinty today visited George Brown College's waterfront campus where construction is underway on the new 300,000 square foot Centre for Health Sciences. The project will create space for 3,500 students in health sciences. Ontario is investing $61.5 million in the $175-million project, which is expected to create and support about 1,750 jobs.

As part of the Open Ontario Plan, the government is creating 20,000 new spaces for college and university students this year. The plan is all about opening up Ontario to new economic opportunities to create new opportunities for jobs and growth and new spaces for students.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's funding is part of the government's Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the 2008 Budget. The federal government is investing $30 million in the project under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
  • Ontario's new Budget increases postsecondary operating grants by $310 million in 2010-11, to support 20,000 new student spaces in colleges and universities this fall. Over the last five years, Ontario has helped build more than 58,000 new spaces for students in colleges and universities.
  • Ontario and Canada are providing about $1.5 billion in joint funding for 49 postsecondary infrastructure projects through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the 2009 Ontario budget.
  • The entire development will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified -- an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

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“Investing in the knowledge and skills of Ontarians is a cornerstone of our Open Ontario Plan to strengthen the economy. With this investment at George Brown, we're creating construction jobs today and helping to meet the demand for workers in the health sciences in the future.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Postsecondary education remains a top priority for the McGuinty government to help create more high-value jobs and serve families across Ontario. George Brown College's Centre for Health Sciences on the waterfront will help Ontario build world-class skills.”

Glen Murray

MPP Toronto Centre

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