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Industry Canada

June 04, 2009 15:36 ET

Canada and New Brunswick Invest to Expand Post-Secondary Education Research Capacity

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, today announced infrastructure investments of close to $178 million in 17 projects at 12 post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), a two-year $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including universities and community colleges. Today's announcement celebrates the projects that qualify under the program in New Brunswick.

"Our government's investment, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, provides significant short-term economic stimulus into local communities throughout New Brunswick, while strengthening Canada's long-term capacity for research and innovation," said Minister Clement. "The renewal of these post-secondary facilities will encourage world-class researchers to work with the tools they need for discoveries that can benefit all Canadians."

The $49 million in federal funding announced today leverages over $128.8 million over two years, including $105.8 million in provincial funding, as well as over $23 million in funding from other sources.

"This partnership will put many people to work in our province, and will help ensure our post-secondary institutions can continue to attract and retain workers who drive innovation and growth," said Premier Graham. "KIP funding, coupled with our recent substantial capital investments in community colleges and universities will allow New Brunswick to continue moving forward on the road to self-sufficiency."

"The Government of Canada is making an investment in New Brunswick to stimulate our local economies through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program," said Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal. "This initiative to renew Canada's college and university infrastructure will put many people to work in this region."

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.

"These investments will not only put people to work, but they will enhance post-secondary education facilities throughout New Brunswick," said Chris Collins, Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick for Moncton East.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve the country's long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2 billion KIP. 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 KIP, 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 New Brunswick Post-Secondary Institutions

Through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government is investing more than $49 million to fund 17 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout New Brunswick. An additional $128.8 million is being provided for these projects by the Province of New Brunswick and other partners.

For information about a specific project, please contact the institution. A table of the projects announced today is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/projects_table_ENG_0604.pdf

Contact Information

  • Government of Canada
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Government of New Brunswick
    Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
    Marie-Josee Groulx
    Director of Communications
    506-444-3465