David Anderson MP, gets a tour of the progress of the renovations and expansion at Great Plains College, with the assistance of Director Claire Melhoff.
Canada's Economic Action Plan Creates Jobs and Strengthens Knowledge Economy
SWIFT CURRENT, SK-David Anderson Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP, was at the Great Plains College today to tour the progress of the renovations and expansion. These upgrades will improve environmental systems and expand shop and classroom space, providing a better academic space for students of Southwest Saskatchewan. The Harper Government invested in the renewal and expansion of laboratories, learning commons and student facilities at colleges and universities across Canada.
The project received a total investment of $13,650,000 from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan and Great Plains College. The federal contribution was provided through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, an important job creation program launched in 2009 to help respond to the global economic recession, under Canada's Economic Action Plan.
"Our Government is investing in research and training facilities at campuses across the country to create jobs and help our economy recover quickly and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said David Anderson MP. "This investment is promoting local employment now and will improve the infrastructure of Great Plains College now and for years to come."
“Saskatchewan’s growing economy continues to generate opportunities for skilled workers in every corner of the province,” Saskatchewan Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said. “This federal-provincial investment in Great Plains College will help to ensure that Saskatchewan citizens will have the education and training they need to seize those opportunities.”
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the government is bolstering Canada's knowledge economy by injecting an additional $6.3 billion into the economy through investments in science, technology and innovation. "As Canada begins to emerge from the global recession, investments in state-of-the-art research labs, libraries and learning commons are essential to creating and securing valuable, skilled jobs, both now and in the future," said Anderson.
As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a $2-billion economic stimulus measure to maintain and improve research and training facilities at Canadian universities, and colleges. 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.
For more information on the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, visit the Knowledge Infrastructure Program website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/696.nsf/eng/home).
For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit the Canada's Economic Action Plan website (www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp).