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$18.5M climate change research centre promised for P.E.I.

Ottawa and the P.E.I. government have committed to building a climate change research centre and school in the North Shore community of St. Peters Bay.

University proposing master's program in climate change

The location in St. Peters Bay will allow easy access to shorelines, wetlands and forests directly affected by climate change. (CBC)

Ottawa and the P.E.I. government have committed to building a climate change research centre and school in the North Shore community of St. Peters Bay.

An architect's drawing shows a green roof for the building. (UPEI)

The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation was announced in a news release Friday morning. It will be part of the University of Prince Edward Island, and the UPEI Climate Research Lab will move there.

"The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation will transform rural Prince Edward Island and set the standard for climate change education," said local MP Lawrence MacAulay in the news release.

The 45,000-square-foot facility will be a centre for research, and support UPEI's bachelor of science in applied climate change and adaptation as well as proposed master's program.

The two governments are contributing $9.7 million to the project through the New Building Canada Fund, with UPEI investing $4.8 million. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is also contributing $4 million to project.

The centre is being established in St. Peters Bay to allow for easy access to nearby wetlands, forests and coastal habitats directly affected by climate change.

An architect's drawing of the planned Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation. (UPEI)

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Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story quoted a government news release saying the project was receiving $14.5 million. In fact, the project is receiving $18.5 million.
    Jul 05, 2019 12:31 PM AT

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