Investments in scientific innovation and post-secondary education are essential for providing increased access to higher learning for Canadians, and to develop meaningful collaboration with communities, industry leaders, researchers and regional governments.
Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island; and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island, announced funding for the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).
The project consists of constructing a 45,000 square foot research facility in the town of Saint Peter’s Bay, PEI. The facility will house a state-of-the-art Climate Research Lab and a living laboratory that allows for unlimited access to nearby wetlands, forests and coastal habitats directly affected by climate change.
Once complete, this facility will support key learning programs like UPEI’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation, and a Master’s program in Climate Change and Adaptation, preparing graduates to continue the important work of mitigating the effects of climate change after graduation.
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are both investing over $4.8 million in this project through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component.
“The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation will set the standard for climate change education, research and collaboration across private and public sectors. The centre will provide skills to our future leaders to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as drive innovation. We are committed to investing in education, research and technology that will strengthen Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, creating a greener environment for generations to come.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
- The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
- Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;