College asks Region for $1.6M for new complex
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.