Brock celebrates milestone in health and bioscience complex construction

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Brock celebrates milestone in health and bioscience complex construction

Published on June 02 2011

St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley and Brock University President Jack Lightstone were at Brock University in St. Catharines today celebrating the completion of the main structure for the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Complex that will play a key role in advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure when construction is complete.

The project received a Government of Canada investment of $38 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and $33.5 million from the Ontario government through the 2009 Budget. Other investments include $2 million from the Regional Municipality of Niagara and $37.9 million to be raised by Brock University.

In Ontario, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program represents a total investment of over $2.2 billion to improve infrastructure at postsecondary institutions. The federal government is investing $798.9 million in 56 KIP projects while the Province of Ontario is providing $981 million toward 49 of those projects. Other partners are contributing a total of more than $400 million in these KIP projects. In addition, the Province is providing $75 million for another eight projects.

“Through our government’s investments in Brock University, researchers will have the tools they need to pursue world-class research,” said Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan is strengthening Canada’s economy for the current and next generation of workers.”

“This new complex provides a significant boost to Brock’s research capacity and Niagara’s economy,” said Bradley. “Its business incubator for start-up companies will provide a crucial link to the private sector, creating local jobs and contributing to economic growth in the Niagara region.”

“The Cairns Family Complex will strengthen our institution’s research capabilities with new specialized labs, advanced equipment and enhanced teaching and learning spaces,” says Lightstone. “It will allow us to forge new and innovative partnerships between research and industry, and will strengthen our capacity to partner with our surrounding communities to foster new economic clusters in health and wellness and biomanufacturing.”

The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Complex will bring together award-winning researchers with local industry and play a key role in the development and commercialization of research in biotechnology, green chemistry, plant pathology and health and wellness. The 176,530 square foot complex will house 400 students, faculty, scientists and researchers. It will also be home to six Canada Research Chairs, Niagara Health Systems research scientists and a business incubator to help local businesses bring new innovations to market.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to maintain and improve research and training facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and CEGEPs. The program is providing economic stimulus, creating jobs, and generating the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canadian institutions at the forefront of scientific advancement and ensure economic growth in the future.

The Government of Ontario is investing more than $1 billion in infrastructure at colleges and universities to modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity.

This investment is part of the government’s Open Ontario plan to help to build the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.

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Jeff Cairns speaking at the topping off ceremony for the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Complex