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ACCC applauds funding extension to complete college infrastructure projects

December 2, 2010 — ACCC welcomes the announcement of an extension of the deadline for completion of college infrastructure projects funded under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).

More than 95% of KIP-funded college renovation and infrastructure construction projects are expected to be finished before the original March 2011 deadline. However the extension to October 31st 2011 will allow colleges that are facing costly winter construction requirements or unexpected delays to finish before the new funding deadline.

“Almost all member colleges, polytechnics and cégeps are already on course to complete their projects by March,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “But giving colleges that aren’t finished another summer construction season will give those few institutions that need more time some extra breathing room.”

The KIP program funded 344 projects at colleges, polytechnics, cégeps and universities with a college mandate. Smaller projects involve upgrading heating systems or renovating older classroom space. Larger projects include new health sciences centres, student residences and trades training facilities. Many are already open and being used by students and faculty.

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to upgrade and renovate research and training facilities at Canadian colleges, cégeps and universities. The program has created jobs in many communities and helped post-secondary institutions to upgrade and expand facilities for education in the advanced skills needed for Canada’s future economic prosperity.

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For more information:

Debby Duford
Communications Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-2222, ext. 3116

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