Ottawa wants PSE infrastructure funds reserved for science

March 9, 2009

The federal government is insisting that its $2-billion PSE infrastructure plan, as announced in the latest budget, be used on science and technology projects, leading to a clash with university leaders and some provinces. In recent weeks, Ontario institutions and politicians in particular have lobbied Ottawa to disburse the funds through a provincial formula that would ensure all colleges and universities get their share of funding to use as needed. "If the feds' criteria are in the driver's seat defining this, then there is going to be a hole in campus after campus across the country." Globe and Mail