April 20 , 2010


Groundbreaking celebration at Master University

Hamilton, Ont. April 20, 2010Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Peter George, President of McMaster University, today celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of McMaster University’s Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation. The project received $16.5 million in federal and provincial funding through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Ontario’s 2009 Budget.

Funding will allow McMaster to build two new facilities aimed at discovering innovative ways to help people devastated by spinal cord injuries or cancer: the Centre for Spinal Cord Injury Education, Research and Rehabilitation and the Centre for Cancer Education, Research and Rehabilitation.  Students will work alongside world-class scientists tackling neuro-restorative and cancer care, and will acquire a unique set of skills in patient care and rehabilitation. McMaster University’s expansion will include 14,000 square feet for laboratories, teaching space and offices.

In total, the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $1.5 billion in 49 projects at Ontario’s colleges and universities, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the Ontario 2009 Budget. 


"By renewing the facilities at McMaster University, researchers in our community will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Member of Parliament David Sweet, “It is one way that our government is working to strengthen Canada’s capacity to innovate and translate research into meaningful benefits for all Canadians.”


The Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2 billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions is part of the $12 billion in new infrastructure investment allocated under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The program is providing real economic stimulus and employment by creating local jobs for engineers, architects, trades people and technicians. It is also helping to generate the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada’s research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.


“I am very pleased to see the expansion and creation of this important research and teaching centre at one of Canada’s top universities,” said Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “McMaster is the ideal place for this project and I look forward to the future it promises.”

The Government of Ontario, in its 2009 budget – Confronting the Challenge:  Building Ontario’s Economic Future, committed to investing in infrastructure and designated $780 million to colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity over the next two years.

“The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a wonderful example of how we can leverage partnerships between the federal and provincial governments to deliver top quality programs and facilities to our students and our community, including much needed clinical rehabilitation and consulting,” said Peter George, President of McMaster University. “This generous support ensures we can maximize our role in educating tomorrow’s leaders and develop the research which will keep Canada competitive on a global scale.” 


For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including program criteria, application instructions and a list of the approved projects to date, please visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

For information about how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province, please visit www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/infrastructure.


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Michelle Donovan

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McMaster University

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