Liberal MPP Grant Crack, Prescott-Glengarry-Russell

Liberal MPP Grant Crack, who represents the area of Prescott-Glengarry-Russell, was at the meeting with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Tuesday. (CBC)

Ontario's minister responsible for post-secondary education says $2 million funding announcement for the University of Guelph's Kemptville campus is a "first step" toward a long-term solution.

Brad Duguid, minister of training, colleges and universities, made the announcement at the Kemptville campus Tuesday morning alongside local MPP Grant Crack.

The university said last month it would stop accepting new students in September and end its classes and research programs by the end of 2015, citing enrolment and financial issues.

Duguid said Tuesday the "stop-gap" measure will allow the school to bring in new students in 10 skilled trade programs, including agricultural and heavy equipment technicians, welding and horticultural technicians.

March's announcement also includes the university's campus in Alfred, Ont., but an agreement-in-principle was reached by two French-language colleges in Ottawa and Sudbury to take over delivery of programs there.