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  • December 19, 2016

Ontario Invests in Innovative Learning Facilities for Kitchener-Waterloo Students

Province Supporting Facility Upgrades at Conestoga College

Ontario is investing in renewed and renovated facilities at Conestoga College that will provide specialized training and programming opportunities for students in Kitchener-Waterloo, and better equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre was joined by MarwanTabbara, MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler and Raj Saini for MP for Kitchener Centre, at Conestoga College today to announce funding for the college's Pathways to Prosperity campus renewal project.

The investment from the province and the federal government will support the following projects:

  • Institute for Culinary & Hospitality Management - expanded classroom, lab and learning spaces and a new, specialized research kitchen to create more room for education, training and applied research.
  • Centre for Advanced Learning - a new centre that will expand existing space and consolidate programming in high-demand areas such as information and communications technology and business.
  • Access Hub - a new hub that will expand and consolidate guidance services such as career advice, academic upgrading and programs for job-seekers.

Construction is expected to start in January 2017.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The overall cost to complete this project is approximately $43.5 million, and includes $14 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, $1.8 million from Ontario, and $27.7 million from Conestoga College.
  • Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

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Daiene Vernile

“Our government is proud to support this important project giving Conestoga College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities that provide space for Pathways to Prosperity. We know that supporting access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly-skilled workforce we need to create good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow. This investment will help us to do that.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP Kitchener Centre

“By investing almost $2 million at Conestoga College’s north campus, our government is making sure Waterloo Region continues to be a leader in applied post-secondary education. Through this project we are ensuring Conestoga’s students can address the shortage of digital talent through expanded and new programming, and address the hospitality industry’s needs for a range of careers such as research chefs, new product developers, and culinary entrepreneurs.”

Hon. Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, MPP for Cambridge

“These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.”

Marwan Tabbara

Member of Parliament for Kitchener South - Hespeler

“This investment will enable Conestoga to build essential capacity to address the needs of our growing community, foster innovation and create new opportunities for individuals to build the skills and knowledge that will contribute to successful careers, stronger businesses, and economic growth across our dynamic region.”

Dr. John Tibbits

President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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