David Piccini, MPP of Northumberland—Peterborough South, stopped at Queen’s University on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 to announce new infrastructure funding for the institution.
Piccini is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Colleges and Universities at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Joined by Queen’s University Provost Mark Green outside Mitchell Hall, he announced $4.3 million for the University’s infrastructure renewal projects this year. He said it represents a 43 per cent increase in funding from last year.
“We recognize the formative role that Queen’s plays not only in Kingston, but in post-secondary learning across Ontario and across Canada,” Piccini said.
He explained that the provincial government is providing $466 million in capital funding to Ontario colleges and universities over the next three years. The money will be used to improve vital infrastructure and modernize learning technologies and facilities, he said, particulaly pressing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provost Green said that the money has not yet been earmarked for any particular project or building, but that the University is interested in sustainable technology upgrades. It will also be used for general property maintenance and renewal, he said.
“Always an exciting problem to have,” Piccini said as he wrapped up his announcement. “Money in the bank, where does it go?”