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Ontario Newsroom                                                     October 11, 2016.

Ontario Investing in State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities at Queen’s University

Ontario is investing in state-of-the-art research and innovation facilities at Queen’s University to better equip students in Kingston with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, was joined by local MP Mark Gerretsen at Queen’s University today to announce provincial and federal government support for the project.

The investment will help Queen’s University upgrade its facilities to enable biomedical research in the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer and gastrointestinal research. The funding will also support the creation of an Innovation and Wellness Centre that will provide student services and programming that promotes innovation, student entrepreneurship and engineering research.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The overall cost to complete the two projects is $119 million, and includes $31.7 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund and $4.9 million from Ontario.
  • Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

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Sophie Kiwala
Sophie Kiwala-   MPP, Kingston and the Islands

“Improving postsecondary facilities is part of our government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver, so I’m incredibly pleased that we are able to work cooperatively with Queen’s University and our Federal counterparts. Through this investment, we foster excellence, build our capacity to train the highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow, and to create knowledge and insights that will fuel discovery.”

“Today’s investment from the Strategic Investment Fund is evidence of the government’s commitment to excellence in research, and understanding that we need to support our students, both in and out of the classroom. By investing in our educational facilities, universities and colleges across the country can foster the development of skilled and successful workers, who will help Canadian companies compete and grow in a global market.”

Mark Gerretsen

Member of Parliament, Kingston and the Islands.

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