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Industry Canada

June 22, 2010 12:30 ET

Minister of State Goodyear Tours New Brunswick Community College

Canada's Economic Action Plan investment will renew laboratories for future generations

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, were at the Saint John Campus of New Brunswick Community College today to tour a new building project that will allow the college to train more people in alternate energy systems. The project received a Government of Canada investment of $2.5 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

"Our government is investing in research, technology and laboratories at campuses across the country to create jobs, help our economy recover quickly and improve quality of life for Canadians," said Minister of State Goodyear.

The new building at the college will house cutting-edge programs in current and developing energy sector subjects. Its focus on green energy systems will provide a living, operational laboratory for students, and will enable future applied research projects in cooperation with universities and the private sector.

"This Government of Canada investment in New Brunswick Community College will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to Saint John," said Mr. Weston. "Not only will it create immediate jobs in this region, it will also help educational institutions train an emerging workforce to strengthen Atlantic Canada's competitive position."

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 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 New Brunswick Community College project received an investment of $21 million from the provincial government through the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

"Our commitment to enhancing post-secondary education infrastructure is an investment in people," said the Honourable Jack Keir, Minister of Energy and Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency, attending on behalf of the Honourable Donald Arsenault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. "Government has made significant investments in post-secondary education to ensure quality learning opportunities are available to more New Brunswickers and contribute to our goal of achieving self-sufficiency by 2026."

"These investments in our infrastructure will allow us to continue to offer relevant, responsive programming to meet the needs of industry while maintaining our focus on student success," said Bill Best, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of New Brunswick Community College. "Increased seat capacity will also ensure more students have access to a post-secondary education that leads to a rewarding career."

For more information on the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, visit the Knowledge Infrastructure Program website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/696.nsf/eng/home).

For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit the Canada's Economic Action Plan website (www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp).

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