Province to pitch in $61.5M for new George Brown campus

Province to pitch in $61.5M for new George Brown campus: “

By Natalie Alcoba
The premier of Ontario announced today the province will contribute $61.5-million to help build a waterfront campus for George Brown College.

Dalton McGuinty said that at a time of an economic slow down, the George Brown investment builds on the ‘single greatest strength’ in Ontario: a skilled and educated labour force.

‘We’ve faced slow downs before and we’re surely face them again,’ the premier said at the site of the future campus, which is set to break ground in January.

‘While we can’t control the high dollar, the price of oil or the sluggish U.S. economy, we are hardly helpless.’

The new campus will be at the heart of the section of Toronto’s waterfront redevelopment plan known as East Bayfront, which stretches from Jarvis to Parliament streets, south of Lakeshore Boulevard.

It will house the college’s Centre for Health Sciences, a recreational complex and first student residence on about two blocks of land, located on the south side of

Queen’s Quay, between Lower Jarvis and Lower Sherbourne streets. It is next door to First Waterfront Place, the future home of Corus Entertainment Inc, which is already under construction. The George Brown campus is slated to be completed by the fall of 2011. Also on hand for the announcement was George Smitherman, newly appointment Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Photo: Conceptual drawing of the new waterfront George Brown campus which is slated to be completed by 2011. (Handout/George Brown College)

(Via National.)

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