$13 million for academic building at Lakehead Orillia campus

September 4, 2009

The federal government announced last Friday $13 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for the construction of a new multi-use academic building at Lakehead University's Orillia campus. The facility will allow the university to offer more academic programs in the arts and sciences, environmental studies, business administration, and social work. Industry Canada News Release

Postscript:  Sep 9, 2009
Elizabeth Church reports in Monday's Globe and Mail that the Ontario government is not matching the $13 million Ottawa announced last Friday for Lakehead University's Orillia campus. Instead, the 50% matching funds are coming from local levels of government and Lakehead. Industry Minister Tony Clement says the federal government had "a difference of opinion with the province on this one project," and he still hopes Ontario "will see fit to add its resources in the future." Support from the province is "far from assured," Church writes. A report from Courtyard Group advises Ontario not to support moves by a university to establish a satellite campus "far from its home base" because of what it calls governance challenges. Although the report does not mention Lakehead by name, the university's president says the reference was a clear shot at the Orillia campus, and he calls the governance concerns a "red herring." Globe and Mail | Read the consultant's report