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Corneliu Chisu and Hon. John Milloy celebrate opening of new Instructional Centre

 

Mr. Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, along with The Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, was at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) today to officially open the new Instructional Centre.

The project received a Government of Canada investment of $35 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and a matching contribution from the Ontario government through the 2009 Budget.

In Ontario, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program represents a total investment of $2.3 billion to improve infrastructure at postsecondary institutions. The federal government is investing $799 million in 56 KIP projects, while the Province of Ontario is providing $981 million toward 49 of those projects. Other partners are contributing an additional $569 million. Also, the Province is providing $75 million for another eight projects.

“Our government’s investment will make sure that our scientists have the tools they need to be successful, and help Canada develop, attract and retain the world’s best researchers,” said Mr. Chisu. “This project has not only created jobs for people in our community, but it also provides state of the art infrastructure that will benefit University of Toronto Scarborough for years to come.”

“Ontario is putting students first by creating more opportunities at our colleges and universities so we can build the skilled and knowledgeable workforce needed for the global economy,” said Minister Milloy. “Our government’s investment in the new Instructional Centre will help University of Toronto Scarborough students succeed in the future.”

“We are very grateful to the federal and provincial governments for investing to help us meet the needs of our students. This new Instructional Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough will add much-needed academic and study space to the campus and enhance the educational opportunities for thousands of students,” said University of Toronto President, David Naylor. “I also want to tip my hat to the many individuals and teams who together helped devise, design, and construct this facility in record time.”

The 165,000-square-foot Instructional Centre will house UTSC’s Management, Co-op, and Computer and Mathematical Science programs. It contains seven lecture halls, the largest of which seats 350 and features state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Other classrooms will be equipped with digital projectors and interactive smart boards. The Instructional Centre has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver sustainability standards and features rooftop photovoltaic solar array systems and a green roof.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a $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. Information about how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province.

To learn more about the Government of Ontario’s Open Ontario Plan




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