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Federal/provincial funding a healthy investment in Loyalist College

MP Neil Ellis on tour of the nursing area at Loyalist.

MP Neil Ellis on tour of the nursing study area at Loyalist.

A shot of government funding has made for a healthy investment in the 25-year-old Health and Wellness Centre at Loyalist College.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis announced a federal investment of $1.6 million for the third floor of the Northumberland wing which houses the health, human and justice studies programs as well as the nursing program. The investment is enhanced by $800,000 from the Ontario government and $800,000 from the College.

The $3.2 million will go toward improving the heating, cooling and electrical systems and renovation of the wing for improved teaching, innovative programming, projects and applied research.

The centre, conceptualized in Loyalist 2020, the College’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, will create important synergies to help people of all ages live healthy, fulfilling lifestyles, in their homes and communities, said Dianne Spencer, Loyalist’s interim president.

“Thanks to Strategic Investment Funding, we will update key experiential learning spaces, including the Human Simulation Lab where students and community health partners use the latest virtual simulation technology to participate in realistic, interactive practice scenarios.”

The funding from the government of Canada is allocated through the post-secondary institutions strategic investment fund, with a goal to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve environmental sustainability.

“These infrastructure investments will create high paying, in demand jobs that will help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come,” said Ellis. “Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation to build Canada as a centre for global innovation.”

At an announcement later in the afternoon, a $119 million investment ($31.7 federal and $4.9 provincial) in two projects at Queen’s University in Kingston will see an upgrade of facilities to enable biomedical research in the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer and gastrointestinal research. The funding will also support the creation of an Innovation and Wellness Centre to provide student services and programming.

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