News release

Federal-Provincial Post-Secondary Infrastructure Projects Announced

NOTE: A list of projects and funding follows this release.

Universities and college campuses across Nova Scotia will be busy with construction activity thanks to 25 economic stimulus projects worth $114 million.

Premier Rodney MacDonald and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announced today, April 30, funding for the projects under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

"These projects, which will be found from Sydney to Yarmouth, from the Valley to Halifax, will put Nova Scotians across the province to work," said Premier MacDonald.

"In the short term, the projects will create and maintain jobs. In the long term, they will further contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province."

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a cost-shared initiative with the federal government to renew college and university campuses.

"Through the renewal of college and university facilities, our researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence," said Mr. MacKay, who attended the announcement on behalf of Industry Minister Tony Clement. "Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Canada's position as a world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians."

The projects include renovation, information technology, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. They will begin as soon as possible and are to be completed by March 31, 2011.

"Nova Scotia's universities and college campuses are centres of innovation and vital economic engines," said Education Minister Judy Streatch. "These projects will have an impact right now and also leave a legacy for students in the future."

The province, under its Building for Growth stimulus plan, and universities will invest $57.2 million. The federal government will contribute $56.75 million.

The universities, Nova Scotia Community College and province worked together to submit proposals for funds under the $2-billion federal program.

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Universities and college campuses across Nova Scotia will be busy with construction activity thanks to 25 economic stimulus projects worth 114-million-dollars.

Premier Rodney MacDonald and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announced today, April 30, funding for the projects under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

Premier MacDonald says these projects, which will be found from Sydney to Yarmouth, from the Valley to Halifax, will put Nova Scotians across the province to work and contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province.

Mr. MacKay says researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence to the benefit of all Canadians.

The projects will begin as soon as possible and are to be completed by March 31, 2011.

The province, under its Building for Growth stimulus plan, and universities will invest 57-point-two million dollars. The federal government will contribute 56-point-seven-five million dollars.

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Federal-Provincial Post-Secondary Infrastructure Projects

Universities ($96.5 million)

  • Acadia University (Patterson Hall renovation) $7.55 million
  • Atlantic School of Theology (Fibre-optic connection to Saint Mary's University), $16,400
  • Cape Breton University (Renovation and energy retrofit of three buildings), $6.04 million
  • Dalhousie University (Life Sciences Building), $27 million
  • Kings College (replacement of 10 heating and air handling units in Prince Hall), $345,000
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (Evaristus Hall student and research centre lab renovation), $3.4 million
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College (modernization of two greenhouses), $599,000
  • NSCAD University (Renovations to house emerging new media and cinema centre), $4.01 million
  • Saint Mary's University (Modernization of McNally Building), $22.33 million
  • St. Francis Xavier University (renovate science labs, add IT labs and add business research space), $22.7 million
  • Universit√© Sainte-Anne (three renewable energy projects: boiler replacement, install solar hot-water system and build small wind turbine), $2.55 million

Nova Scotia Community College, by campus ($17.5 million)

  • Annapolis Valley (Middleton and Lawrencetown) Electrical distribution upgrade, $332,000 Mechanical and electrical energy reduction retrofit, $677,000 Roof replacement C-wing, $504,000
  • Burridge (Yarmouth) Electrical distribution upgrade, $550,000
  • Cumberland (Springhill) Curtain wall replacement, $1.21 million Satellite location, $1 million
  • Institute of Technology (Halifax) Campus Renewal, $6 million
  • Kingstec (Kentville) Curtain wall replacement, $750,000
  • Lunenburg (Bridgewater) Electrical distribution upgrade, $575,000 Roof replacement C-wing, $437,000
  • Pictou (Stellarton) Curtainwall Section Replacement, $572,000
  • Strait Area (Port Hawkesbury) New fire school, $2 million
  • Truro Roof replacements, Forrester Hall and McCarthy Hall, $1.13 million
  • Waterfront (Dartmouth) Centre for the Built Environment environmental demonstration site, $1.72 million