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Queen’s given $8.4 million from provincial government to improve facilities

Queen’s is getting $8.4 million from the provincial government to upgrade and maintain its facilities. The money is part of Ontario’s $200 million campus renewal project.

More than $75 million has been spread amongst schools in the Greater Toronto Area. The rest was spread across other Ontario institutions.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities news release, the renewal project is aimed at addressing environmental concerns such as energy efficiency, improving campus security systems and repairing existing infrastructure.

Vice-Principal (Operations) Andrew Simpson said the money comes at an opportune time. It won’t be enough to cover all of the University’s maintenance needs, he said, but it’s a big help.

“Anything is well needed at the moment.”

He said the University needs $140 million to cover all of its infrastructure repairs, and the administration is currently evaluating the severity of campus buildings’ condition to decide where to spend the money.

“The scale and urgency of projects on campus will be factors.”

—Gloria Er-Chua

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