Building Ontario with $2.2M to Modernize Postsecondary Infrastructure at Lambton College

Funding will support postsecondary institution to deliver high-quality education

February 17, 2022

SARNIA — The Ontario government is investing $2.2M in funding in 2021-22 at Lambton College to help provide a modern and safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff, both virtually and on campus.

The funding is part of the government’s $583M investment over three years to help institutions modernize classrooms by upgrading technology, carrying out critical repairs, improving their environmental sustainability and supporting virtual learning projects that increase access to postsecondary education for students.

“Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer world-class education, which is critical to the future of the province, and our economy,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Our government’s investments to build Ontario will help colleges and universities renew and modernize their facilities and buy vital training equipment so they can continue to deliver high-quality education to students – anytime and anywhere.”

The $2.2M investment at Lambton College will help:

· purchase technology, physical and electrical infrastructure

· fund a variety of equipment for the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training and Fire Science Technology programs at the Fire and Public Safety Centre of Excellence and

· support a variety of projects, including HVAC upgrades and lighting improvements.

“This support will ensure students at Lambton College have access to modern instructional equipment to meet business and industry standards, increase student access to micro-credentials and enhance the overall student experience,” said Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton. “By investing in postsecondary infrastructure, we are not only supporting our local economy, but ensuring students get the skills needed for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

“At Lambton College, we pride ourselves on the quality of education we provide to our students, including the experiential learning we’re able to offer with our state of practice facilities and equipment,” said Rob Kardas, President & CEO, Lambton College. “This funding will help us continue to build upon our excellent career-focused programs and support us in preparing our graduates to make an impact in our region of innovation. We truly appreciate this investment in our college, students and community.”

QUICK FACTS · As announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget, the funding is part of the government’s $583 million investment over three years to help colleges and universities maintain and renew their facilities and buy state-of-the-art instructional equipment.

· $493 million will be provided over three years through the Facilities Renewal Program to help publicly assisted colleges and universities with the critical maintenance, repairs, upgrades and renewal of existing facilities.

· $60 million will be provided over three years through the College Equipment and Renewal Fund to help colleges buy and renew instructional equipment and learning resources.

· $30 million will be provided over three years through the new Training Equipment and Renewal Fund to help universities purchase and renew modern, state-of-the art equipment.


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Bob Bailey, MPP Sarnia-Lambton