Brock University breaks ground on Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex

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Brock University breaks ground on Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex


Sept. 8, 2009

MP Rick Dykstra, MPP Jim Bradley and Brock President Jack Lightstone, today celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University that received federal and provincial funding totalling $71.5 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Ontario’s 2009 Budget.

Other investments include $2 million contributed by the Regional Municipality of Niagara and $37.9 million raised by Brock University itself.

The Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex (NHBRC) at Brock University will bring together research and industry, and play a key role in advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure.

The 169,000-square-foot $111.4-million research complex will house 400 students, faculty, scientists and researchers. The NHBRC will have Canada’s only research-dedicated Level 3 containment lab (providing safeguards against inhalation of infectious disease-causing agents), and will also house a business incubator.

“This complex will forge new economic partnerships between research and industry that will foster a new economic cluster in advanced health studies and biomanufacturing in Niagara,” said Jack Lightstone, President of Brock University. “It will enhance Brock’s research capabilities through the creation of new specialized labs equipped with advanced equipment, and will also assist in alleviating our institution’s teaching and learning space pressures.”

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

“By renewing the facilities at Brock University, researchers in our community will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines. “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 and help our community move from a manufacturing based economy to a knowledge-based one.”

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.

“Brock’s new research complex will boost Niagara’s economy by creating jobs, generating exciting new ideas, and building a bridge from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley. “The McGuinty government is pleased to have provided funding that has helped get us to today’s groundbreaking.”

“The Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex will bring the kind of cutting-edge research, jobs and economic benefits that exemplify Niagara’s shifting economy — from one based largely on traditional industries to one that incorporates new and innovative industries. This project further strengthens Brock’s role as a partner in Niagara’s current and future economic success,” said Regional Chairman Peter Partington.

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

For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including program criteria, application instructions and a list of the approved projects to date, 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, visit: www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure