Nova Scotia Journal

4 Nova Scotia universities to share a one-time grant boost of $105M

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Key takeaways: 

  • CBU, St. FX, Acadia, Université Sainte-Anne to receive $65M designated for infrastructure restorations.
  • Cape Breton University president David Dingwall appreciations Nova Scotia government ministers Brian Wong and Brian Comer after $54 million in the grant were declared for CBU.

The Nova Scotia government is increasing spending on infrastructure at four rural universities.

Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier, Acadia, and Université Sainte-Anne share $105 million in one-time budgets this year, with nearly $65 million for restorations to infrastructure.

The region says that all 10 Nova Scotia universities have shared $24 million for yearly maintenance.

Minister of Advanced Education Brian Wong said an infrastructure debt slows a university’s ability to deliver quality, modern education.

“We require them to be prepared for our immigration,” he said following a report at CBU on Monday. “We’re prepared for population growth, and they’re back on their deferred maintenance.”

He said that the institutions ought to catch up on essential work like roof restorations and electrical and mechanical systems.

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The Nova Scotia government is increasing spending on infrastructure at four rural universities

CBU is receiving a little more than half the whole, with $14 million for deferred care, $5 million for a study into healthcare staffing, and $35 million for building a new science building.

That money contribution will provide CBU a head begin on its estimated $80-million Centre for Discovery and Innovation to substitute aging science buildings, said president David Dingwall.

“This important new building will add more modernized laboratory [and] classroom area to our campus,” he stated.

The rooms will not look like regular classrooms with an instructor or teacher in front of rows of students, stated Dingwall.

Instead, students will have closer interaction with professors, and the buildings will be shared among some courses rather than being meant for one teacher or class.

Students are looking to progress in the physical area, said Logan Collins, CBU’s student union president.

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