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$2 million for Learning and Innovation Centre at Royal Roads

February 16, 2011

Minister of Industry Tony Clement has announced $2 million to complete construction of the Royal Roads University Learning and Innovation Centre (LIC). The centre's design combines traditional teaching space with a media-rich environment promoting global connectivity.

"Our government has invested in innovation and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Canadians and set the foundation for economic prosperity," said Minister Clement. "This investment created jobs for people at a critical period while improving the infrastructure that Royal Roads University will need for years to come."

Construction on the Learning and Innovation Centre began in 2010 and is expected to be completed this spring. The Gold LEED certified project was funded through a $15-million investment by the Province of British Columbia, and a $3-million investment by the federal government which now comes to $5 million with this additional investment of $2 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

"The new Learning and Innovation Centre will provide students with more choices in career-oriented degrees," said Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong. "When it's completed, the LIC will meet the needs of learners at this rapidly expanding campus while creating construction jobs now that support our local economy."

The centre is purpose built for the unique Royal Roads approach to collaborative learning, combining short-term residencies with online course work for the growing domestic and international market. The fourth floor is dedicated as the "Centre for Dialogue" where government, industry and other sectors can connect on relevant issues.

"The LIC strengthens our opportunity to offer a unique educational experience. The teaching space combined with technology allows our students to excel in their course of study and more importantly invest that knowledge in their lives and careers," said Royal Roads University President Allan Cahoon. "This important investment is a great example of how knowledge transfer creates opportunity from local to global."

The centre is a Gold LEED standard construction project that meets the highest levels of environmental efficiency and design. Engineering and design innovations maximize the flow of hot and cold air to heat and cool the building naturally instead of power-reliant systems that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

It is the first purpose-built facility to be constructed on Hatley Park National Historic site since the opening of Royal Roads University in 1995.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduatedegrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

For more information about the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

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