$29.54-million investment supports new space to house training programs such as the Inuktitut language interpretation and translation program IQALUIT, Nov. 23, 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 $29.54-million investment in Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) 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 Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by the Honourable Paul Quassa, Nunavut's Government House Leader, Minister of Education and Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College. 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. The investment will allow NAC to build a new training facility for students and community members who are studying fisheries or learning about language and culture through the Inuktitut interpreter and translator and Inuit Studies programs, among other professional diploma and degree programs. The project supports Nunavut's key priorities to increase self-reliance and optimism through education and training and to provide more education opportunities within the territory for Nunavummiut. The project will also incorporate renewable energy and sustainable building options in its design, bolstering Canada's commitment to a cleaner, healthier environment. Federal and provincial funding for this project includes:
$10.64 million from the Government of Canada
$18.9 million from the Government of Nunavut
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.