June 26, 2009
SACKVILLE (CNB) - The New Brunswick and federal governments are making a combined investment of $4.3 million to undertake renovations at Mount Allison University. The announcement was made by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Senator John Wallace on behalf of Tony Clement, federal industry minister.
Mount Allison University is receiving the funding through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and provincial contributions.
"We are pleased that Mount Allison University is receiving $2.1 million under KIP," said Arseneault. "Coupled with our investment of $2.2 million, Mount Allison will be on the right track to meet its infrastructure needs and meet the educational requirements of future generations.
"This investment again shows our government's commitment to move forward with Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick."
The provincial government has already committed $80 million to public university infrastructure.
"At a time of economic uncertainty, the Government of Canada is making a strong intervention to stimulate economic activity through KIP," said Wallace. "This initiative to renew Canada's college and university infrastructure will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus and put many people to work, while also strengthening Canada's position as a world leader in science and technology for the benefit of all Canadians."
Stephen McClatchie, Mount Allison provost and vice-president, academic and research, said, "The KIP and matching provincial funding received today will assist with several renovation projects in the Barclay Chemistry Building and the Biochemistry Building. This will enhance the teaching and research experience for all students and faculty at Mount Allison, while reducing the university's environmental footprint.
"Student research opportunities are key to experiential learning. Enhancing our facilities augments this experience for our students. This funding will allow Mount Allison to undertake such projects as the replacement of fume hoods and a water filtration system in the laboratories, allowing for much more energy saving and efficient models to better serve our students, faculty, and staff in their research and teaching."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.