Niagara College, Brock University getting $6.1 million for facilities from province

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The Ontario government is investing more than $6.1 million in Niagara College and Brock University facilities.

A funding announcement was made Friday at Brock by Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, along with university president Gervan Fearon and college president Sean Kennedy.

“Well-maintained facilities and the latest in learning tools and equipment are critical parts of a post-secondary education,” said Oosterhoff in a news release.

“By investing in post-secondary infrastructure, our government is supporting economic recovery, creating jobs and ensuring students obtain the skills they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The total pledge to the two schools is $6,166,900.

As part of the Facilities Renewal Program, the province will provide $2,469,100 to the college and $2,952,800 to Brock to help address ongoing needs for maintenance, repair, renovation and modernization of facilities.

“This is very important support for Ontario’s critical post-secondary infrastructure, and at Brock, we applaud the vision shown by the provincial government for making this investment,” said Fearon.

“Having fully up-to-date and effective education and research facilities is crucial to having the graduates and talent that will help Ontario be one of North America’s most competitive and innovative jurisdictions.”

As part of the College Equipment and Renewal Fund, the government will provide $745,000 in capital funding to help Niagara College purchase and renew instructional equipment and learning resources.

“We are grateful to the province for the important funding that they have announced today,” said Kennedy.

“As we look beyond the pandemic, this investment helps to ensure that our learning environments and equipment will support the critical role that Niagara College will play in the economic recovery of our region.”

Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him via email: svanderklis@metroland.com

Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara Falls Review