Sept. 4, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are investing $3.6 million in the Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) - campus de Bathurst. The announcement was made today by by Premier Shawn Graham and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
The investment consists of federal/provincial funding of $3.6 million for construction of a new 1,170 sq. metre (13,000 sq. ft.) multi-purpose workshop to be added to the current trades space. Courses will focus on plumbing, pipefitting, and other construction trades. The federal contribution of $1.5 million is from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The provincial government is allocating $2.1 million to the project, as announced during its last capital budget.
The additional space will make it possible to accommodate 100 more students on the Bathurst campus, bringing its total capacity up to 1,000 seats.
"This is an important step in increasing community college student capacity and bringing the post-secondary education system in line with the changing labour force needs of our province," said Graham. "By expanding CCNB - campus de Bathurst, not only are we moving ahead with our plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick, we are also looking out for the interests of the students by ensuring that they have the best possible learning environment."
The announcement is made under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, from which New Brunswick will receive $49 million. Of that amount, $12.25 million will go to the province's New Brunswick's community college network. This funding completes the province's commitment to inject $80 million into universities and $100 million into the community colleges.
"In these times of economic uncertainty, the Government of Canada is making a major contribution through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program to stimulate economic activity," said Thompson. "This initiative, which is designed to renew college and university infrastructure in Canada, will create many jobs while at the same time strengthening Canada's position as a world leader in science and technology, and that will benefit all Canadians."
Thompson attended on behalf of federal industry minister Tony Clement.
"This funding proves that our government recognizes the importance of investing in future generations now," said Graham. "The Knowledge Infrastructure Program makes it possible to create effective partnerships between the federal and provincial governments while renewing and rebuilding a stronger economy for the province and the country."
Graham and Thompson also took the opportunity to unveil the architectural plans for the expansion of the CCNB - campus de Bathurst.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.