Universities and colleges cash in on government funds

Halifax universities are getting big bucks for campus construction, the federal and provincial Tories announced Thursday.

 

Halifax universities are getting big bucks for campus construction, the federal and provincial Tories announced Thursday.

 

Dalhousie University will get $27 million to fix up its Life Sciences Building and Saint Mary’s University will receive more than $22 million to modernize its McNally Building, a news release said. Those are just two of 25 economic stimulus projects for post-secondary institutions across the province.

 

In total, the province and its universities are contributing $57.2 million through the Building for Growth stimulus plan, while the federal government is funding $56.8 million under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, for a total of $114 million.

 

“In the short term, the projects will create and maintain jobs,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said in the release. “In the long term, they will further contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province.”

Across the municipality, NSCAD is getting more than $4 milllion and Mount Saint Vincent University is receiving $3.4 million. Nova Scotia Community College campuses across the province will see $17.5 million for infrastructure projects.

 
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