Province Supports Renewal
Campus projects include upgrading classrooms, re-roofing various buildings
Guelph is receiving nearly $12 million from the Ontario government to improve and upgrade campus buildings and facilities. The funding is U of G's share of a $200-million allocation for campus renewal that was included in last month's provincial budget.
The announcement was made by Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph-Wellington, on behalf of John Milloy, minister of training, colleges and universities.
“The University of Guelph's students are our future business and community leaders,” said Sandals. “By investing in their future, we are investing in Guelph's and Ontario's future.”
U of G will use the money to complete priority projects related to utilities conservation and campus safety and to make upgrades and improvements to existing facilities.
The projects are all identified in the multi-year campus infrastructure renewal plan. They include upgrading classrooms; re-roofing various buildings and addressing deterioration issues, including exterior problems with the MacKinnon Building; lighting retrofits, water-reduction initiatives and replacement of outdated fire alarm systems.
“This is a welcomed contribution toward the $17 million worth of critical campus renewal projects that we need to address this year,” said president Alastair Summerlee. “We appreciate the efforts of Minister Milloy in securing this one-time funding. We hope that long-term and stable support for university operating budgets will follow.”