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Laurier welcomes the Ontario government’s 10-year infrastructure plan
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Jun 24/11| For Immediate Release
Brian Rosborough, Director of Government Relations
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University today welcomed Ontario’s new 10-year infrastructure plan, which commits to continued investment in university infrastructure.
“Universities are the drivers of a knowledge-based economy,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw. “The government’s investment in university and research infrastructure is an investment in the social and economic prosperity of Ontario.”
Released today by Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli, the plan commits to total public infrastructure investment of $35 billion over the next three years and long-term planning for provincial infrastructure that will include universities and research infrastructure for the first time. It reflects the 2011 provincial budget commitment to create an additional 60,000 spaces at Ontario universities and colleges by 2015-16 and the government’s goal of a 70 per cent attainment rate for post-secondary education.
The plan also commits to introducing a new “satellite” campus policy framework that will manage growth in the system and give priority to new campuses in areas where growth is expected to be concentrated. Already a multi-campus university, Laurier is proposing the creation of a new campus in Milton, Ontario, which is Canada’s fastest growing municipality.
“Ontario’s post-secondary education system is experiencing phenomenal growth,” said Blouw. “Creating new campuses where the demand is greatest will bring quality teaching and learning to more students and strengthen Ontario’s post-secondary education system.”
On June 20, 2011, the Government of Ontario announced an investment of $72.6 million in the new Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) facility at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, which is the largest single capital investment in the university’s 100-year history.