Ottawa and Queen's Park invest in Guelph and Conestoga

KITCHENER/GUELPH — The week was off to a good start along the corridor as the governments of Canada and Ontario loosed $137 million for building projects at the University of Guelph and Kitchener's Conestoga College, part of $1.476 billion announced for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario.
Through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the 2009 Ontario budget, both governments plan to help modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity at provincial colleges and universities. KIP is a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Ontario's 2009 provincial budget set aside $780 million for infrastructure investments at colleges and universities.
The joint government program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians. Development of an environmental cluster at the Guelph and the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Conestoga will provide a burst of building and create jobs in Kitchener, Guelph and Cambridge.

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