January 25th 2017 – Pitt Meadows, B.C. – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $179,000 investment for the Driver Education Center in Pitt Meadows and a $304,000 investment for the JIBC Roof Replacement at the main JIBC campus in New Westminster, B.C.
This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today by Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge, on behalf of the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by Doug Bing, MLA for Maple Ridge – Mission.
The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global center for innovation—one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is a prime example of that vision in action.
The funding will support the Driver Education Centre, which will provide students with a weather-protected learning space at Pitt Meadows Airport (YPK). The new design will support the delivery of specialized driving courses, primarily for police recruits and sheriff training. The funding will also support the Justice Institute of British Columbia, which will provide a roof replacement at the main JIBC campus in New Westminster, B.C. Funding for the JIBC roof replacement will help reduce winter heat loss, save on summer cooling and reduce the carbon footprint at the institution.
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.
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 in close proximity 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 Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.
“These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.”
– Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge
“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
“Encouraging scientific awareness in [province/territory or region] and across Canada depends on supporting our world-class scientists and researchers. Through investments such as those under the Strategic Investment Fund, we are continuing to lay the groundwork for making Canada a global leader in scientific excellence.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
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