Funding was confirmed today for a new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $10.8 million in funding through the Government of Canada’s Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
More than 800 degree and diploma students will use the labs and collaboration facilities in the centre. It will be home to Simcoe County’s first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years. In future years, the centre will allow for the growth of additional degree studies in mechanical, civil and software engineering.
In addition to federal funding announced today, the Centre for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research will be financed by $1.8 million from the provincial government, a $5-million contribution from the County of Simcoe and $5 million from the City of Barrie.
Georgian will work with the community and industry partners to secure additional funds through its Power of Education campaign. The building will open for use by the fall of 2018.