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St. Lawrence College Celebrates The Reopenning Of Their Refurbished Campus At Brockville

2010-11-05

BROCKVILLE, Ontario, November 5, 2010 — Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College officially re-opened the college’s Brockville Campus today.  The refurbished campus will greatly improve the learning environment for students and staff.

The project received a Government of Canada investment of $650,000 through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and $650,000 from the Ontario government through the 2009 Budget.

In Ontario, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program represents a total investment of over $2.2 billion to improve infrastructure at postsecondary institutions. The federal government is investing $798.9 million in 56 KIP projects while the Province of Ontario is providing $981 million toward 49 of those projects. Other partners are contributing a total of more than $400 million in these KIP projects. In addition, the Province is providing $75 million for another eight projects.

“Our government has invested in innovation and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Canadians and set the foundation for economic prosperity,” said the Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. “This investment created jobs for people at a critical period while improving the infrastructure that St. Lawrence College will need for years to come.”

“This renovated and modernized campus will create an environment which will allow St. Lawrence students to thrive and reach their true potential,” said Kingston and the Islands MPP John Gerretsen.  “Investing in postsecondary education is vital to ensuring the success of our province.”

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase the improvements that have taken place at the college over the last several months," says Whitaker. "The Knowledge Infrastructure Projects were made possible by funding from the Federal and Provincial Government. It has allowed us to make valuable investments to many areas of learning within the college. We have new classrooms, labs, and facilities that will benefit our current students and also future students and the community."

The campus renovations provide improved laboratories and classroom space for students, and will allow the college to increase enrolment in their degree nursing and music theatre performance programs.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to maintain and improve research and training facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and CEGEPs. The program is providing economic stimulus, creating jobs, and generating the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canadian institutions at the forefront of scientific advancement and ensure economic growth in the future.

The Government of Ontario is investing more than $1 billion in infrastructure at colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity.  

This investment is part of the government’s Open Ontario plan to help to build the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.

For more information on the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, visit the Knowledge Infrastructure Program website.

For information on Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit the Canada’s Economic Action Plan website.

For information about how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province, please visit: www.infrastructureapp.mei.gov.on.ca/en/.

To learn more about the Government of Ontario’s Open Ontario Plan, visit: www.ontario.ca/openontario.
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For further information (media only), please contact:
Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry
613-995-9001 

Media Relations
 Industry Canada
 613-943-2502

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities:
Tyler Charlebois
Minister's Office
416-326-2823
tyler.charlebois@ontario.ca 

St. Lawrence College:
 Laura Tulchinsky
 Communications
 613-554-5400, ext. 1291