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Lauzon and Brownell Invest in St. Lawrence College


Investment will create jobs, stimulate local economy
May 28, 2009, CORNWALL — MP Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament, and MPP Jim Brownell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont – Dundas - South Glengarry, today announced the equally funded Knowledge Infrastructure Program investment of $10 million in the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College.

The Provincial and Federal Governments are each providing $5 million to St. Lawrence College for upgrading of facilities at Moulinette Hall to bring all its students and staff at its Cornwall campus under one roof. The $10 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.

This investment is part of the federal government’s two-year, $2-billion plan to repair and expand research and educational facilities at colleges and universities across Canada and Ontario’s commitment to invest $780 million in its colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost the province’s long-term research and skills training capacity over the next two years.

"I am very proud to make this announcement today. This Government of Canada investment in St. Lawrence College will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to Cornwall and will create jobs in this region," said Lauzon. "Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life for Canadians."

"Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of our government’s plan to strengthen the economy," said MPP Brownell. "By investing in St. Lawrence College, we are helping ensure our students have opportunities for a brighter future in the long run, and supporting new construction and renovation projects which will create jobs in the short-term."

These joint investments are to help provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating construction jobs as well as employment for engineers, architects, other tradespeople and technicians. They are also helping to improve teaching facilities and generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Ontario’s colleges and universities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

"We are very pleased with the support the federal and provincial government has given us, this funding will assist our college in revitalizing the campus, ensuring we can continue to meet the needs of our students and community now and in the future.". said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO.

Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, both the Governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a number of large-scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, across Canada which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next substantive investment in the Government of Canada’s multi-year Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

Through the 2009 Ontario Provincial Budget – Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future – the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government, that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario’s economy. These investments build on the Ontario government’s five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, which was completed in 2008-09, one year ahead of schedule.