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July 24, 2009 15:38 ET

Minister of State Goodyear Celebrates Infrastructure Projects at Mount Allison University

SACKVILLE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), was at Mount Allison University today to celebrate projects that received investments totalling $4.3 million from the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

"The Government of Canada is investing in innovation and infrastructure to promote employment, help our economy recover quickly and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister of State Goodyear. "This investment is creating jobs for people now, while providing the infrastructure Mount Allison University needs for years to come."

The university will use the funding for improvements to the Barclay Chemistry and Biochemistry Building's teaching and research spaces. The Government of Canada is providing close to $2.1 million for the projects, and the Government of New Brunswick is providing $2.2 million.

"Through its Knowledge Infrastructure Program investments, in collaboration with the Province of New Brunswick, the Government of Canada is contributing to the modernization and upgrading of our science and research facilities. The improvements to our Barclay Building will reinvigorate our research, teaching and learning spaces and inspire scientific creativity, while reducing our environmental footprint. This will extend our students' research collaboration with our faculty - producing innovations, discoveries and well-trained, experienced graduates who will go on to make important contributions to Canada's economy and society," said Dr. Robert Campbell, Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced this year, 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. The program is providing key economic stimulus, creating jobs and generating the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

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, please visit the Knowledge Infrastructure Program website or the Canada's Economic Action Plan website.


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.

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
    Mount Allison University
    Tracy Bell
    Communications Officer
    506-364-2529