Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund

Backgrounder

The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) is a $2-billion initiative designed to modernize research and commercialization facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics. 

Through the program, the Government of Canada is partnering with the provinces and territories to fund projects that:

  • improve the scale or quality of facilities for research and innovation, including spaces for the commercialization of research;
  • improve the scale or quality of facilities for specialized training at colleges focused on industry needs; and/or
  • improve the environmental sustainability of research and innovation-related facilities at universities and colleges.

SIF supports up to 50 percent of a project’s eligible costs. The remaining funding comes from other partners, such as provincial and territorial governments, and the institutions themselves.

These historic investments will promote economic activity across Canada and help provide the skills and training needed to secure high-value, well-paying middle-class jobs. They will result in state-of-the-art facilities to not only train the next generation of highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs but also serve as hubs of discovery and collaboration. They will nurture the development of innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.

SIF also supports the Government of Canada’s climate-change objectives by investing in the design and upgrade of energy-efficient buildings. 

Investments in Quebec and in the Montérégie region 

In total, universities and colleges throughout Quebec will receive nearly $1.1 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. 

The Government of Canada is investing $1.19 million in projects at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Cégep de Sorel-Tracy and Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, all in the Montérégie region. 

For information about specific projects, please contact the appropriate institution.

Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund
PROJECT SIF Funding Provincial Funding
Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu – Upgrading nursing labs to accommodate high-fidelity patient simulators, a computerized control room and an observation room $679,588 $1,535,412
Cégep de Sorel-Tracy – Opening a co-innovation hub for work related to the Internet of Things, Web 4.0 and mobile apps for business training $203,380 $351,729
Cégep Édouard-Montpetit – Upgrading six teaching labs for the multimedia integration program $311,000 $561,000
TOTAL $1,193,968 $2,448,141
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