Ontario invests over $6M to Niagara College and Brock University

Photo Caption (From Left to Right): Gary Comerford, Chair, Board of Trustees, Brock University; Dr. Gervan Fearon, President, Brock University; Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West; Sean Kennedy, President, Niagara College; Del Rollo, Chair, Board of Governors, Niagara College.

The Ontario government is spending $6,166,900 to help Niagara College and Brock University with maintenance, repairs and upgrades of facilities and equipment.

“Well-maintained facilities and the latest in learning tools and equipment are critical parts of a postsecondary education,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “By investing in postsecondary infrastructure, our government is supporting economic recovery, creating jobs and ensuring students obtain the skills they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

This funding comes mainly from the Facilities Renewal Program, with the province giving $2,469,100 to Niagara College and $2,952,800 to Brock University for maintenance, repair, renovation, and modernization of facilities.

Niagara College will also be receiving $745,000 from the College Equipment and Renewal Fund to help purchase and renew instructional equipment, learning resources, and equipment to support virtual learning during the pandemic.

“This is very important support for Ontario’s critical post-secondary infrastructure, and at Brock, we applaud the vision shown by the provincial government for making this investment,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President of Brock University.

Sean Kennedy, President of Niagara College also expressed his gratitude. “We are grateful to the province for the important funding that they have announced today,” he said, adding, “As we look beyond the pandemic, this investment helps to ensure that our learning environments and equipment will support the critical role that Niagara College will play in the economic recovery of our region.”