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College asks Region for $1.6M for new complex

By Standard Staff

Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. QMI file photo.

Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. QMI file photo.

Niagara Region councillors will consider pitching in to help Niagara College pay for its new Agri-Food Research Complex under construction at its Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

College president Dan Patterson visited Niagara’s planning committee meeting this week, asking the region to pitch in $1.6-million to help cover the cost of the new facility – part of the college’s $65-million redevelopment that has been underway for the past few years.

While Patterson said the complex would provide a valuable support to the region’s agriculture industry by providing a pool of graduates trained for the jobs.

The request was referred to the Region’s budget committee for consideration.

The college is pitching in $23.9 million, with $8.7 million from the federal government and $1.6-million from the province.

The new facility is expected to be completed by April. 



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