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Statement on the federal budget

News Release Release Date: March 23, 2016 10:30 a.m.

The University of Regina is pleased to see a wide-ranging set of initiatives to support post-secondary education outlined in Tuesday’s federal budget.
 
“The federal government has‎ clearly signalled that it considers the post-secondary sector a high priority,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “The new $2 billion knowledge infrastructure fund, increased funding for granting councils, and increased support for students will help address important issues facing universities across the country.”
 
In particular Timmons notes that new funding to support infrastructure could help ease pressures at the University of Regina, including at its College Avenue Campus.
 
“Renewal of our historic College‎ Avenue Campus is our number one capital priority. We are hopeful that federal infrastructure funding can help address existing infrastructure issues,” says Timmons. “Additionally, the $2 billion low carbon fund in support of the federal government’s climate change agenda has potential to enhance the University of Regina's research and expertise in the area of carbon capture technologies.”
 
Timmons says the University of Regina is also pleased to see the federal budget’s commitment of $2.6 billion over five years for First Nations education.

“This initiative will help address a crucial national challenge. At the same time, it aligns with the University of Regina's commitment to Indigenization and our ongoing efforts to meet the needs of Aboriginal students.

“We look forward to working with the federal government and other partners as we continue to enhance the University of Regina's ability to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff, and the people of Saskatchewan.”
 
To learn more about federal budget highlights from a post-secondary perspective, visit Universities Canada at: http://www.univcan.ca/media-room/media-releases/budget-2016-investments-university-infrastructure-will-fuel-prosperity/.

 

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