Investment in post-secondary infrastructure at Marianopolis College will support research and innovation

News Release

Funding of $13.71 million for improvements to research facilities

September 22, 2017 – Montréal, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced a significant investment to help equip young Quebecers with the quality post-secondary education that will enable them to achieve their goals.

The Government of Canada is investing $6.02 million in projects at Marianopolis College. The funding will help the institution provide its students with the training needed for the high-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.

Federal funding is 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 funding announced today will be divided between two projects at Marianopolis College. These projects, which involve upgrading science labs and improving the energy efficiency of various buildings, will improve post-secondary education on Montreal Island and stimulate the local economy.

A total of $13.71 million is being invested in these projects:

  • The Government of Canada is providing $6.02 million.
  • Marianopolis College and other partners are providing $7.69 million.

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.


Quotes

“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

“Government of Canada investments in projects such as those announced today will create high-quality, well-paying jobs that will help the middle class grow and prosper now, while stimulating economic growth for years to come. Thanks to the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation of our middle class and firmly establishing Canada as a global leader in innovation.”

– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“Marianopolis College is extremely grateful to the federal government for this generous investment, the largest in our history. This investment reflects our educational mission: to provide our students with the highest quality post-secondary education in a dynamic environment that is conducive to learning and the pursuit of excellence.”

– Christian Corno, Director General, Marianopolis College

Quick Facts

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced in December 2016 that the federal government would provide more than $385 million for research infrastructure at institutions throughout Quebec.

  • Marianopolis College has been awarded $6.02 million in federal funding under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

  • 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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Contacts

Follow Minister Bains on Twitter: @MinisterISED

Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca


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