By: The Working Forest Staff
TIMMINS — The Ontario government is investing over $1.86 million in capital funding to help Northern College this year. This funding is part of the province’s $466 million total investment in capital funding to help colleges and universities across Ontario address their deferred maintenance backlog. Work will include critical repairs and updates, while supporting the renewal of infrastructure campus projects. These improvements will provide students, faculty, and staff with a learning environment that is more modern and safe.
The announcement was made by Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound—Muskoka, on behalf of Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities.
“New and updated facilities along with the latest learning tools and equipment are critical parts of a postsecondary education,” said MPP Miller. “By investing in postsecondary infrastructure, we are supporting economic recovery, creating jobs, and ensuring students obtain the skills they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”
This year, as part of the Facilities Renewal Program (FRP), Northern College is receiving over $1.59 million. The 2020-21 FRP funding represents an increase of more than $1.32 million – or 488 percent over and above last year.
As part of the Colleges Equipment and Renewal Fund (CERF), the government is also providing Northern College with $269,800 in capital funding. This is part of the province’s $20 million investment in capital funding to help Ontario colleges purchase and renew instructional equipment and learning resources. For 2020-21, CERF funding is also being used to purchase equipment to support student virtual learning during COVID-19.
“Well-maintained facilities and the latest in learning tools and equipment are critical parts of a postsecondary education,” said Minister Romano. “The need to invest in the maintenance of existing infrastructure is now balanced with the need to invest in new infrastructure which will be a tremendous boost for local communities looking for much needed economic stimulus on the road to recovery. By investing in postsecondary infrastructure, we are supporting economic recovery, creating jobs, and ensuring students obtain the skills they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”
“For Northern College, investments like this by the Province allow us to update our campuses and make them a friendly and welcoming place for both students and staff. It will help us complete some necessary infrastructure updates,” said Mitch Dumas, Vice President, Corporate Services of Northern College. “The CERF funding announcement is crucial for our campuses to stay current with emerging technologies and ensure our students can transition seamlessly from student to skilled employee. We thank the Minister for his continued focus and support to the college sector and the needs of the students.”
- As announced in the 2020 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the Ontario government is making an investment in critical maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and renewals of $466 million in capital grants over three years starting in 2020-21 for Ontario’s universities and colleges. This investment under the Facilities Renewal Program (FRP) includes $144 million in 2020-21, an increase of $73 million over last year; $144 million in 2021-22; and $178 million in 2022-23.
- In addition to the $144 million investment in FRP funding for 2020-21, the Ontario government is investing $20 million through the College Equipment and Renewal Fund (CERF) to help Ontario colleges purchase and renew instructional equipment and learning resources.
- Established in 1986, the FRP provides annual funding to assist universities and colleges with renewing and modernizing their campuses through the repair, renovation, and alteration of existing facilities.
- Established in 2002, the CERF provides annual funding to help publicly-assisted colleges acquire and renew instructional equipment and learning resources.