January 29, 2008

McMaster to benefit from new Ontario government funding

Hamilton, ON -  McMaster will be able to make improvements to campus thanks to significant new capital funding from the provincial government.

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Government and Community Services and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, along with Hamilton Mountain MPP Sophia Aggelonitis today announced $9.1-million in funding for McMaster University. 

The funding is part of a $200-million dollar investment in campus renewal projects at the province’s universities and colleges unveiled by John Milloy, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities.

“This government’s commitment to universities has been outstanding,” said Ilene Busch-Vischniac, McMaster’s provost and vice-president, academic and acting president.  “The leadership of the Premier, Minister Milloy, Minister McMeekin, Sophia Aggelonitis and many others, coupled with their belief in the important role universities play in the province’s success, means that we will be able to renew and modernize campus, reduce our energy needs and improve safety and security.”

The campus renewal funding is part of the province’s $1.4-billion infrastructure fund announced in the Fall Economic Statement. The province has targeted the new funding to projects that will help institutions increase energy efficiency, improve safety and security systems, and renew existing infrastructure to maintain and repair existing facilities.

McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university, fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University, one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world, has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 130,000 in 128 countries.

  

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For more information, please contact:

Jane Christmas

Manager, Public & Media Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27988

chrisja@mcmaster.ca

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869

donovam@mcmaster.ca