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$17M applied science centre announced for P.E.I.'s Holland College

The federal and P.E.I. governments are making a major investment in a new building for Holland College in Charlottetown.

The federal and P.E.I. governments are making a major investment in a new building for Holland College in Charlottetown.

The two levels of government will share equally the $17-million cost of an applied science centre to be built near the college's Charlottetown Centre. It will focus on bioscience, aerospace and environmental studies.

Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement made the announcement Thursday morning at a news conference with Premier Robert Ghiz at the Tourism and Culinary Centre.

Holland College president Brian McMillan said the new centre will help the college fulfill demand for programs.

"We have serious wait lists in all of our bioscience, environmental and bio-energy programs," said McMillan.

"Also, it will give us a chance to develop new programs in concert with UPEI, So that's going to mean more people getting into the labour force."

The applied science centre is part of the Island Prosperity Project, a five-year, $200-million plan by the Ghiz government to build a new economy based on bioscience, information technology, aerospace and renewable energy. That plan was announced in April of last year, but there have been few announcements in connection with it since.

Construction on the new centre is due to begin immediately, with the centre ready to open in two years.

The University of Prince Edward Island was also a beneficiary of the announcement, with $4 million going to general infrastructure upgrades at the Charlottetown school.

Corrections

  • The applied science centre will be built near the college's Charlottetown Centre, not on the Charlottetown waterfront, as was originally reported.
    Jun 04, 2009 3:46 PM AT