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The NDP government is committing $65 million to the redevelopment of Assiniboine Community College in Brandon.
Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum announced in Brandon this morning that the province will cover up to two-thirds of the estimated $94.1-million cost, along with $4 million for environmental remediation of the site.
The money goes to redevelop the Parkland Building on the college’s North Hill campus. ACC is in the process of moving from east Brandon to a new campus in the city’s north end on the site of a former mental health facility.
"Our government has a strong record of investing in Brandon and I am tremendously proud of the hard work done by ACC to provide educational opportunities to the Westman community," Allum said in a news release. "Our investment today ensures ACC will be able to provide exceptional education for years to come."
The project will redevelop the iconic 103-year-old Parkland Building, which will be home to a new Centre for Health, Energy and Environment, serving as a hub for learning and research innovation, the province said. It will provide much-needed capacity for the college to develop and enhance programming, graduating highly skilled individuals that are job-ready and proficient in their fields, said Allum.
The Manitoba government said it will provide up to two-thirds of the total cost of the project, which is estimated to be $94.1 million, subject to project approval from the federal government. The province will also provide an additional $4 million toward environmental remediation work on the project.
"We are pleased the Province of Manitoba has made supporting the development of our North Hill Campus an infrastructure priority," said Frison. "This investment will better position us to serve learners, employers and communities and contribute to the economic development of Manitoba."
The new Centre for Health, Energy and Environment will accommodate up to 355 students to be relocated from the Victoria Avenue East Campus, as well as 192 new students. The Centre for Health, Energy and Environment will increase capacity for education opportunities by contributing to Manitoba’s commitment to add 75,000 more workers to the labour force by 2020, the government said in its news release.
"The Brandon and Westman community will benefit for decades into the future by this transformational provincial investment being made here today," said Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell. "The Centre for Health, Energy and Environment here at ACC will further strengthen Brandon’s position as an economic hub in Westman and make Brandon an even better place to learn, work and live."
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