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St. Lawrence College is pleased with budget investments in critical maintenance repairs

2014-05-02

Ontario’s colleges are pleased with the provincial government’s budget commitment to invest in critical maintenance repairs at colleges and universities.

“This is an important commitment to college education,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “These investments in essential repairs will help us to continue delivering high-quality programs to our students.”

The 2014 Ontario Budget has announced that capital allocations for repairs and maintenance at colleges and universities will increase to $40 million a year starting in 2015-16, up from $26 million this year. In 2019-20, the amount will increase to $100 million.

Other highlights in the budget tabled today by Finance Minister Charles Sousa included a commitment to fund regional skills-training programs for Aboriginal Peoples and to expanding work-integrated learning options for post-secondary students.

The need to invest in repairs and maintenance at colleges was one of the central issues raised by the college sector in its pre-budget submission to government last December. The sector has had a long-standing backlog of deferred maintenance work that has needed to be addressed.

The budget commitment to improve college facilities is particularly important as Ontario works to address youth unemployment and underemployment. There is a growing demand for graduates of the career-specific programs at colleges, with enrolment this year at an all-time high.

“The province recognizes that college graduates are central to our economic growth,” said Vollebregt. “We are pleased that the government continues to support college education.”

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 345 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our online and continuing education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

For more information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451