By Robert Tuomi
(WINDSOR, ON) – Canada is paying almost half the cost of a new addition to the campus of the University of Windsor, to be known as the Science Research and Innovation Facility.
Planned as a state-of-the-art and energy-efficient building, it will provide world-class, upgraded laboratory and collaboration spaces for advanced research. It will also facilitate commercialization in the fields of materials chemistry and translational health.
The new initiative will be built for more than $30 million with the federal government contributions of $14.95 million augmented with $2.56 million from the province. The university will cover the remaining $12.8 million.
Both the provincial and federal governments believe the centre will create jobs, expand research, and foster innovation while providing the training needed for, “the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.”
The funding is part of a current initiative of the federal government. It will see universities and colleges throughout Ontario receive more than $1.9 billion from its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
UWindsor’s Odette School of Business alumnus Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, calls the grant both historic and a, “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 middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.”
Ontario’s Deputy Premier, Deb Matthews, says her government sees the facility as an enabling infrastructure to give, “University of Windsor science students access to modern and energy-efficient facilities. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.”
University President, Alan Wideman suggests the new facility will provide a home for everything from, “cancer research to new materials, there is broad range of scientific expertise at the University of Windsor.”