Saskatoon

U of S receives $33.1M in federal funding to improve campus

The majority of the funds will go towards the construction of the university’s new Collaborative Science Research Building, a facility that will focus on research surrounding potential clean-technology applications.

$30.1M will go towards construction of the university’s new Collaborative Science Research Building

A rendering of the Collaborative Sciences Research Building. (University of Saskatchewan)

The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded a total of $33.1 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements around campus.

The majority of the money — about $30.1 million — will go towards the construction of the university's Collaborative Science Research Building, a facility that will focus on research surrounding potential clean-technology applications.

This new infrastructure investment will advance exciting new collaborative research at the U of S.- Peter Stoicheff

Research in the new building will also include the breeding of more drought-tolerant crops, and the development of more sustainable pest-control mechanisms.

"This new infrastructure investment will advance exciting new collaborative research at the U of S that will help Canada address climate change and global challenges in food, water and energy security, while providing more than 600 construction jobs and $127 million in economic benefits for the country," Peter Stoicheff, the university's president, said on the school's website.

The other two projects benefiting from the money include renewing research space and improving energy efficiency at the university's St.Thomas More College, and building new infrastructure at the St. Peter's College campus in Muenster, Sask.

The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research also received $880,000 for an expansion that will provide additional space for skills training and adult basic education to the community of La Loche.

Federal funding comes from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which is set to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. 

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