Investment of $2.94 million in infrastructure at Cégep de Sept-Îles will support research and innovation activities

News Release

May 23, 2017 – Sept-Îles, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec announced an investment of $2.74 million in the Cégep de Sept-Îles to optimize the energy performance of the heating systems in all of its buildings and to improve the thermal resistance of the main building’s envelope.

A total of $2.94 million is being invested in these projects:

  • The Government of Canada is providing $1.32 million.
  • The Government of Quebec is providing $1.42 million.
  • Another partner is providing $202,600.

Last December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced a historic investment to help equip young Quebecers with the quality post-secondary education that will help them achieve their goals. 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.

As a result of these investments in Quebec, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and create—the high-value middle-class jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.


“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Our government will continue to invest time and money in our students’ success. Our commitment is clear: do everything possible to help our students and professors accomplish great things. We are making significant investments to ensure the development of our higher education facilities so that future generations throughout Quebec have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure.”

–  Hélène David, Quebec Minister of Higher Education

“With this innovative project, Cégep de Sept-Îles confirms its leadership in matters of energy efficiency, an area in which much research and development is taking place.”

– Donald Bherer, Director General, Cégep de Sept-Îles

Quick Facts

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, recently announced that the federal government is providing more than $385 million for research infrastructure at institutions throughout Quebec.

  • Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, and Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, recently announced that the Government of Quebec would invest more than $345 million in research infrastructure at post-secondary institutions in Quebec.

  • Cégep de Sept-Îles has been awarded $1.32 million in federal funding under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, as well as a contribution of $1.42 million from the Government of Quebec through the Québec Infrastructure Plan.

  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.

  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.

  • Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan is designed to ensure our country is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.

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Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Thierry Bélair
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Higher Education

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