Canada and Ontario invest in infrastructure at Georgian College
By Corinne LyndsConstruction Infrastructure Skills Development College Georgian College infrastructure skills development
The Government of Canada is investing $10.79 million for a total combined investment of nearly $30 million in Georgian College.
The funding was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie.
Georgian College will use the funding for the construction of its new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. The centre will include commercialization and research labs, collaboration space, and space for applied research where local industry and other partners can work with students and staff from the college. The new building will be carbon neutral and LEED-certified.
“The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer—an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come,” said “MaryLynn West-Moynes, president and CEO, Georgian College.
- $10.79 million will be provided by the Government of Canada;
- $1.8 million will be provided by the Province of Ontario;
- an additional $7 million will be provided by Georgian College; and
- up to $10 million will be jointly provided by the City of Barrie and Simcoe County.
“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.