Major Funding for Faculty of Science Announced


l-r: Dr. David Barnard, U of M president and vice-chancellor; Rod Bruinooge, Winnipeg South MP; Peter Bjornson, Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth; Alan Simms, Associate Vice-president (Admin) and president of SmartPark

Posted 20 July 2009

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba announced major funding for four projects at the University of Manitoba on July 6, 2009.

The university will use the funding for renovations and enhancements to its Biological Science Building ($13 million), Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library ($2.7 million), Eureka Incubator ($3.2 million) and Buller Building Science Labs ($13.2 million).

"This funding directly supports our long-term development and infrastructure goals, especially Project Domino, which will see a reshaping of the University of Manitoba landscape," said Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. "This will greatly benefit a number of faculties and research areas, including medicine, fine arts, libraries, science and Smartpark, assisting with deferred maintenance to several buildings and making a real difference on both of our campuses."

Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, and the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth, announced $41.2 million in funding for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.

The funding announced today is part of the second round of investments under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and builds on the more than $159 million announced for projects in Manitoba under the first round of funding last month.

"This Government of Canada investment at these institutions will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to the people of Manitoba," said Bruinooge. "Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, help our economy recover quickly and improve Canadians' quality of life."

"The Manitoba government is pleased to partner with Industry Canada and the University of Manitoba to improve campus infrastructure," Minister Bjornson said. "Our economy will benefit almost immediately through the creation of jobs and spin-off activities; while over the long term, thousands of post-secondary students will attend classes in an enhanced and updated learning environment."

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians. It is also helping to generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next substantive investment in the Government of Canada's multi-year Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including universities and community colleges.