Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario government is providing $3.12 million in capital funding to help the University of Windsor make critical repairs and upgrades. This funding is from the Facilities Renewal Program’s (FRP) $144 million envelope for 2020-21.
“The world-class education students receive at our postsecondary institutions is critical to the future of Ontario, our economy, and the prosperity of our people, said Ross Romano, minister of colleges and universities.
“That is why our government is proud to commit increased annual funding to the University of Windsor to renew and modernize their facilities. This funding represents an almost 100 per cent increase from the previous year’s funding.”
The university will address the ongoing need for the maintenance, renovation and modernization of existing facilities including a deferred maintenance backlog, critical repairs, modernizing classrooms, upgrading technology and improving the facility’s environmental sustainability.
In addition, the cash may go to renewal of infrastructure campus projects, creating economic stimulus opportunities for local communities.
“Like all post-secondary institutions, it is critical that we continue to place an emphasis on upgrades to our existing facilities,” said Rob Gordon, University of Windsor president and vice-chancellor.
“Providing a world-class education depends on both the best possible instruction and ensuring the physical environment for that learning encourages collaboration and innovation.”
Established in 1986, the FRP provides annual funding to assist universities and colleges with renewing and modernizing their campuses through the repair, renovation and alteration of existing facilities.