WINNIPEG — The federal and provincial governments have announced they are investing more than $40 million into infrastructure projects at the University of Manitoba.

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The Administration Building at University of Manitoba.

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The Administration Building at University of Manitoba.

WINNIPEG — The federal and provincial governments have announced they are investing more than $40 million into infrastructure projects at the University of Manitoba.

In a statement released today, the federal government said $15 million will go to the Art Research Technology (ART) Lab, $2.5 million to the Smartpark Lake 2 Infrastructure Development, and $2.5 million to the Space Renovation and Development for the Regenerative Medicine Program.

As well, the province will put $18.5 million into the ART Lab and $2.5 million into the Regenerative Medicine Program. The Smartpark development is also supported by $27 million in private contributions.

MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South) said "this investment not only benefits the university, it will also provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to south Winnipeg."

Diane McGifford, the province's advanced education and literacy minister, said the investment "will give undergraduates, graduates and faculty improved access to dynamic digital technologies and upgraded spaces to carry out cutting-edge research in areas as dynamic as engineering, biotechnology and agriculture.

"It will ensure that Manitoba remains competitive in the context of an increasingly knowledge-based international economy."

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