TORONTO – A new facility is to come up at Seneca’s King Campus that will help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow, with new classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, a library, a learning centre and more study spaces.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Oak Ridges–Markham MPP Helena Jaczek were at the Seneca’s King Campus today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new facility.
Mathews said: “The new King Campus at Seneca College will provide students with a state-of-the-art facility where they can develop the skills required for the jobs of today and tomorrow. I’m thrilled that our government recognizes that postsecondary infrastructure investment is critical to building up our province’s highly-skilled workforce, creating jobs and growing our economy.”
The 200,000 square foot expansion will provide more space for students to learn and help Seneca expand its training facilities to support a range of programs, such as its diverse primary health care programs. More classrooms and labs will allow new courses to be offered at the King Campus to better meet the evolving needs of industry and families in York Region.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, said that: “Building critical infrastructure projects at centres of innovation such as Seneca King Campus is key to preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s innovators. We are providing our students with the best opportunities for personal growth and to be successful leaders of the future.”
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, a government statement said. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
- Ontario contributed $59 million to build the new facility which is scheduled to be ready for classes in the fall of 2018.
- Seneca’s King Campus is home to about 3,500 full-time students. Once the new facility is complete, the campus will accommodate 5,000 full-time students.
- Infrastructure Ontario is working with Seneca College to deliver this project using its Alternative Financing and Procurement model.
- Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
- Research shows every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors