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June 12, 2009 12:20 ET

Canada and Saskatchewan Invest to Expand Post-Secondary Education Research Capacity

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are teaming up to invest more than $118 million in 21 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Saskatchewan. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

"Our government is investing in Saskatchewan colleges and universities to create jobs in the short term and drive educational opportunities and cutting-edge research that will pay dividends over the long term," said Minister Ritz. "The government is making strategic investments to make sure Saskatchewan weathers the current economic uncertainty and comes out stronger than ever."

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. Today's announcement celebrates the projects that qualify under the program in Saskatchewan.

The investments today include more than $57 million from the federal government, more than $55 million from the provincial government, as well as close to $6 million in private funding.

"Our government's investment will enable our post-secondary institutions to build, maintain and renew the infrastructure Saskatchewan needs to be a national leader in post-secondary education and training, research and development, innovation, and the knowledge economy," said Minister Norris. "This investment will boost economic activity and create jobs to help Saskatchewan remain strong and steady."

"Investing in post-secondary education is a smart decision. It allows us to respond to student and employer needs, who in turn will secure the future of our province and our country," said Dr. Robert G. McCulloch, president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

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.

Recipients of Knowledge Infrastructure Program investments in Saskatchewan include Lakeland College, which will use the funding for the construction of a teaching laboratory for the Early Learning and Child Care program, Practical Nurse program and University Studies program in Education, Psychology and Arts; and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), which will use the funding for projects at its Kelsey Campus to develop a learning centre for students in paramedic, nursing and continuing care programs, and expand classroom, lab and administrative space for nursing programs. The SIAST will also receive funding for projects at its other campuses, including Wascana and Woodland.

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.

A backgrounder on the Knowledge Infrastructure Program is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/BG_KIP_ENGLISH.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
    Advanced Education, Employment and Labour
    Lisa Danyluk
    306-787-7791