Summary: News ReleaseGOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO ANNOUNCE KNOWLEDGE
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS UNDERWAY: GROUNDBREAKING
CELEBRATION AT QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
KINGSTON, Ontario, October 23, 2009 -- The Honourable Hugh Segal, Senator, John
Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands and Minister of the Environment and Dr. David
Walker, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University, today celebrated the
groundbreaking of the new Medical School building at the university. The project received
federal and provincial funding totalling more than $57.6 million through the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program and Ontario's 2009 Budget. Other investments include $19.2 million
from private donors and the School of Medicine.
Bringing together teaching, research, administrative and student facilities in one state-of-the-art
building, the new home of the Queen's medical school will be a hub for innovative medical
education, including small group teaching, simulation and integrated science labs. The new
building will allow the university to further expand its medical programs and ultimately provide
the region, province and country with greater access to doctors.
In total, the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $1.5 billion in 49 projects at
Ontario's colleges and universities, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the
Ontario 2009 Budget.
"This investment in the future of the Queen's medical school reflects a strong federal
commitment to both long term healthcare education and research-vital to our social and