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July 06, 2009 11:11 ET

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Announce Second Round of Funding for Post-Secondary Infrastructure in the Province

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2009) - Mr. Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Diane McGifford, Manitoba Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, today announced $41.2 million in funding for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.

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 support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including universities and community colleges.

The funding announced today is part of the second round of investments under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and builds on the more than $159 million announced for projects in Manitoba under the first round of funding last month.

"This Government of Canada investment at these institutions will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to the people of Manitoba," said Mr. Bruinooge. "Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, help our economy recover quickly and improve Canadians' quality of life."

"The Manitoba government is pleased to partner with Industry Canada and the University of Manitoba to improve campus infrastructure," Minister Bjornson said. "Our economy will benefit almost immediately through the creation of jobs and spin-off activities; while over the long term, thousands of post-secondary students will attend classes in an enhanced and updated learning environment."

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians. It is also helping to generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

The investment announced today totals $41.2 million over two years, including $17.1 million from the federal government and $24.1 million from the provincial government and other sources, including the institutions themselves.

Four projects at the University of Manitoba were among those to receive funding today. The university will use the funding for renovations and enhancements to its Biological Science Building, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, Eureka Incubator and Buller Building Science Labs.

"This funding directly supports our long-term development and infrastructure goals, especially Project Domino, which will see a reshaping of the University of Manitoba landscape," said Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. "This will greatly benefit a number of faculties and research areas, including medicine, fine arts, libraries, science and Smartpark, assisting with deferred maintenance to several buildings and making a real difference on both of our campuses."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next substantive investment in the Government of Canada's multi-year Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including program criteria, application instructions and a list of the approved projects to date, please visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

Knowledge Infrastructure Program

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a two-year $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

The Program provides funding to support deferred maintenance, repair and expansion projects at universities and colleges, and responds directly to the need indicated by post-secondary institutions to improve existing campus infrastructure across the country. A major portion of this infrastructure is near the end of its projected lifecycle and, in many cases, does not adequately meet the needs of today's research and teaching activities.

The Program has two components. The university component gives preference to projects that can improve the quality of research and development at the institution. The college component supports projects at other post-secondary institutions, such as colleges, publicly funded polytechnic schools and institutes of technology, which will strengthen their ability to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training.

Projects are assessed according to their ability to quickly and effectively generate economic activity and support job creation. Project readiness and economic impact are, therefore, key criteria used in project selection. Projects are also assessed on their ability to enhance research capacity, support the attraction of new students and provide a better educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow.

The Program will not only generate economic benefits and support job creation, but will also have an important positive net impact on the environment by reducing energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving waste management at universities and colleges across Canada.

Knowledge Infrastructure Program Investments in Manitoba Post-Secondary Institutions

Through the second round of funding under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government is investing $17.1 million in nine projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Manitoba. The Province of Manitoba and others are providing an additional $24.1 million in funding for these projects, bringing the total value of projects supported by second-round funding to $41.2 million.

Approximately $54 million was provided for Manitoba post-secondary institutions under the first round of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, leveraging an additional $105.5 million from the province and other sources.

The following projects are among those that will receive funding under the second round of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program in Manitoba. For more information on a specific project, please contact the institution.

A list of the projects is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Funding_PostSec_ENG.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    613-943-7599
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Government of Manitoba
    Legislative Building
    Shannon VanRaes
    Cabinet Communications
    204-945-1494