Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Georgian College

Georgian College
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

June 23, 2015 09:30 ET

Georgian College to Receive Funding for New Marine Training and Research Centre

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 23, 2015) - Georgian College's students, faculty, staff and researchers will benefit from a new Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

This project will entail the construction of a new Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training and Research Centre at the Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College. Once completed, the new centre, the only accredited Ontario-based MED centre, will help sustain mandatory post-secondary marine education and training and will enhance the capacity for collaborative applied research within and beyond the marine industry.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1,960,259 through the Small Communities Fund for the project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute $1,960,259 to this project.
  • Georgian College will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.


"We are pleased to invest in projects like Georgian College's Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure.Our Government's commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario's residents while helping job creation and economic growth."

Larry Miller

Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"Supporting new post-secondary infrastructure in Owen Sound is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. More than $130 billion over 10 years will be invested to support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average in construction and related industries. Our government is committed to building Ontario up through important community infrastructure projects like this one. And having visited Owen Sound, I know how important this project will be for this community."

Honourable Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

"With this announcement, Georgian and this entire region will become the marine training centre of excellence for Ontario. We thank the federal and provincial governments for their support. This is good news for students, working mariners, the marine industry and the local economy - it is a very smart investment."

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes

President and CEO, Georgian College

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec

    Andrew Forgione
    Office of the Minister of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure

    Mark Hall
    Manager, Communications
    705 728-1968 ext. 1008

    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

    Brigitte Marleau
    Communications Branch
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment
    and Infrastructure