UoGuelph’s Kemptville campus wins reprieve

April 24, 2014

The University of Guelph’s Kemptville campus will accept students for at least one more year thanks to $2 million in funding from Ontario. UoGuelph had announced its intention to close the campus by the end of 2015, citing stagnant enrolment and climbing costs. Local officials criticized the decision, noting the campus’s importance to the region’s agricultural sector. The new money will be a “stop-gap” while a long-term solution is worked out. The announcement means that students enrolled in existing UoGuelph diploma programs will be able to finish their studies, and that provincially subsidized trade apprentice programs can continue next year. “I am thrilled with the collaborative work that has been done to help ensure that classes at the Kemptville campus can continue in the near future and I look forward to local community partners working towards a long-term solution that will help this great campus thrive,” said Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid. Ontario News Release | CBC | Guelph Mercury | CTV | The Daily Observer

Postscript: May 6 2014

The fate of the University of Guelph’s Kemptville campus is up in the air yet again, this time until after Ontario’s June 12 election. Ontario had announced $2 million in funding as a stop-gap measure to keep Kemptville running until a long-term solution could be found. Former federal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief was appointed facilitator to oversee the process, but on Monday the province announced that his work would be put on hold until after Ontario heads to the polls. The funding provided to the campus will be unaffected by the delay. Brockville Recorder