$26.51-million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation ST. CATHARINES, ON, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today's $26.51-million investment at Brock University and Niagara College will do just that by fostering the training needed for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow. The funding was announced by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Canada'sInnovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation—one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment exemplifies that vision in action. Brock University is receiving funding for two projects: the District Energy Efficiency Project and the Schmon Tower Innovation Atrium. These projects will improve energy efficiency on campus, which translates into long-term savings for the university, lower carbon emissions and healthier communities. A $7.78-million investment in the District Energy Efficiency Project will enable Brock to replace equipment and piping in the District Energy Facility—a reliable cogeneration facility for electricity, heating and cooling in the university's research facilities. This project will significantly improve the facility's energy efficiency and reduce the university's greenhouse gas emissions. Of this funding, $5.19 million is being provided by the Government of Canada and $2.59 million by the Province of Ontario. Brock University is contributing an additional $2.59 million to the project. The university will also receive an investment of $8.47 million from the Government of Canada for the Schmon Tower Innovation Atrium, an important part of the new Brock LINC innovation and commercialization space. Brock LINC is a new 30,000 square-foot research facility that will support entrepreneurs looking to turn their ideas into products and services for the marketplace. Brock University is providing an additional $10.62 million for the project. Niagara College will receive an investment of $10.26 million for a project at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to support the agri-food sector in the region. With this funding, Niagara College will build research and innovation labs, specialized training facilities for student entrepreneurship and incubation space for agri-food businesses. Of this funding, $8.7 million is being provided by the Government of Canada and $1.56 million by the Province of Ontario. Niagara College is contributing an additional $24.33 million. In total, universities and colleges throughout Ontario will receive more than $1.9 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country's best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and invent—the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.