Federal government invests to renew infrastructure at Université de Hearst
Sophie Dallaire, Université de Hearst acting president, Manon Cyr, GM La Maison verte and Guy Rheault, Université de Hearst Board of governors president, are joined by Paul Lefebvre, deputy for Sudbury for Thursday’s funding announcement.
Hearst and Kapuskasing will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $850,000 investment in Université de Hearst.
This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today by Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
“This federal investment ensures that Université de Hearst is well-prepared to educate and train Canada’s next generation of innovative scientists and engineers. These campus improvements will allow students to participate in experiential learning through innovative new course offerings and internships, and encourage young minds to choose Northern Ontario as their place to study, live, work and play,” said Lefebvre.
“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive,” commented Bains.
The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation — one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is a prime example of that vision in action.
The funding will allow Université de Hearst to acquire and renovate a new building here in Kapuskasing to accommodate the increased need for office space. The project will also house shared spaces for students to develop business projects, products and services. The project will improve student experiential learning through courses and internships, as well as teacher-mentor learning in the planned living laboratory.
As well, Université de Hearst will support the growing agricultural sector through a multi-year plan, which includes the construction of a research greenhouse of more than 1,000 square feet and a second phase focusing on the livestock sector. The project will also offer support toward applied research in the agricultural sector, as well as contribute to the creation of new products, processing/transforming and commercialization.
Université de Hearst will also renovate underutilized space on its Hearst campus and would modernize the physical landscape of the university. The renovation would include new office space to accommodate for offices and shared spaces, which would be used by students and the greater community.
Of the $850,000 investment, $425,000 will come from the federal government. Université de Hearst and its partners will contribute the balance of $425,000.
“This grant money will allow us to enhance our students’ experiential learning opportunities, while putting our applied research activities to the benefit of the community. Through the living labs and research greenhouse projects, we will be able to concretely support the economic and social transformation of Northeastern Ontario,” said Sophie Dallaire, Acting President of Université de Hearst.
The funding from the Government of Canada is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and invent—the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.
That is how the Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.