Canada and Ontario invest to renew infrastructure at Cambrian College

Posted on Wednesday October 12, 2016

Panoramic view of a group gathered for a funding announcement at Cambrian College.
Cambrian College students, faculty, staff, and industry partners gathered with government officials for a funding announcement that will support teaching, learning, and innovation.

$5.3 million investment will provide training and foster innovation

Sudbury will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $5.3 million investment in Cambrian College.

This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today by Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; and Hon. Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury.

The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation — one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians.

Powerline students, faculty, partners and government officials wave standing in front of a bucket truck.
Ontario and Canada are investing in campus modernization and the creation of a Centre for Power Training and Research at Cambrian College that will better equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

This investment is a prime example of that vision in action.

The bulk of the investment, $3 million, will fund the construction of a state-of-the-art Centre for Power Training and Research. A multi-functional, flexible training facility, the Centre will provide a permanent home for Cambrian’s pioneering Powerline program and will enable the College to expand existing academic programming, industry-specific training and applied research activity within the power sector.

The new Centre will become a showcase for innovation, collaboration and sustainability, and will also serve to pay homage to the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, Cambrian’s Indigenous host.

In addition, $2.3 million will fund Cambrian’s Modernization and Maintenance project, investing in campus-wide initiatives to improve operational systems, modernize classrooms and labs, enhance the student experience, reflect the college’s Indigenous focus and increase safety.

Of the $5.3-million investment, $4.3 million will come from the federal government and $1 million from the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s Facilities Renewal Program.

Cambrian College will contribute the balance of $4.7 million, for a total investment of $10 million.

The funding from the Government of Canada is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history—about $160 billion over 12 years—which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the Province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to

As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work closely with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and invent—the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

That is how the federal Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a continuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.


“This historic announcement for Cambrian College continues the positioning of Sudbury as a global centre for innovation. Thanks to Cambrian and the Strategic Investment Fund, Sudbury a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, and skills into jobs.”
- Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that modernize post-secondary educational facilities and in doing so, empower institutions like Cambrian College to provide the best instruction possible to the next generation of Canada’s skilled workers and entrepreneurs. I am also delighted that this funding will create a permanent home for Cambrian College’s Centre for Power Training and Research in a state of the art facility that will produce numerous innovations when it comes to meeting Northern Ontario’s unique and challenging energy demands.”
- Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic 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 jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Our government is thrilled to be an investor in this important project, which will give Cambrian students access to renewed and upgraded facilities. The college continues to focus on energy efficiency while providing a first class learning environment. We realize that top quality education and training facilities are critical to building the highly-skilled workforce that is required to support good jobs. This guarantees economic growth for today and tomorrow.”
- The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury

“We thank the federal and provincial government for recognizing our past success and our future potential through this crucial investment in our College and community. This investment will have a tremendous impact on our ability to generate economic, social, and cultural growth for our region and our country through targeted workforce development, research and innovation.”
- Bill Best, President, Cambrian College

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda is designed to ensure Canada is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.

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Mike Whitehouse
Constituency Manager
Paul Lefebvre MP Sudbury

Janik Guy
Special Assistant
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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