Canada and Ontario Invest to Renew Infrastructure at Six Nations Polytechnic - $5 million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $5 million investment in Six Nations Polytechnic.

This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today by Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. MP May was joined at the event by the Honourable Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant.

The Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation - one that creates jobs, drives growth across all the industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is a prime example of that vision in action.

The funding will support Celebrating Resilience, which will create new spaces for industry driven education programs and innovation research, and meets the demand for conference venues and tourism in the community. This facility expansion and modernization positions Six Nations Polytechnic as a premier destination for learners, scholars, researchers and elite athletes. This funding will directly support holistic education, workforce development, energy efficiencies, sustainable programming, partnerships and positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Six Nations Polytechnic will contribute an additional $200,000 for a total investment of $5.2 million.

The funding from the Government of Canada is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country's best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for- and invent - the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

That is how the Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years - which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the {Province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrstructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Quotes

"This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government's vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global success. This investment will create conditions that are conductive to innovations and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Encouraging scientific awareness in [province/territory or region] and across Canada depends on supporting our world-class scientists and researchers. Through investments such as those under the Strategic Investment Fund, we are continuing to lay the groundwork for making Canada a global leader in scientific excellence."
- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"The plans of Six Nations Polytechnic to grow their school couldn't come at a better time. This is great news for the students of Six Nations Polytechnic and Brant."
- The Honourable Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant

"These Infrastructure Investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation."
- Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge

"The Strategic Investment Fund directly supports our commitment to excellence and innovation, quality learning, learner success, reciprocity and sustainability. In a time of reconcilliation, we are truly grateful for the opportunity to enhance our work and build intercultural understanding for the benefit of all."
- Rebecca Jamieson, President/Chief Executive Officer, Six Nations Polytechnic

"Investment in our Brantford campus is key to meeting demand for post-secondary education and trades training while supporting enhanced collaboration among community partners. Six Nations Polytechnic will reduce operating costs, achieved by energy efficiencies, and develop vital infrastructure and resources that are foundational to transformational learning. Our modernization project allows Six Nations Polytechnic, in partnership, to prepare more learners to serve our local communities in a variety of sectors."
- Linda Parker, Director of Institutional Advancement, Six Nations Polytechnic

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda is designed to ensure Canada is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada's universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post_Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada's lcimate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.