$111.4 million Cairns bioscience complex receives federal, provincial funding
St. Catharines Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra, middle, toured the new Cairns bioscience research facility at Brock University on Feb. 24, 2011.
MPP Jim Bradley visits the Cairns bioscience research facility at Brock University.
The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex is becoming a reality thanks to strategic government investments in Brock University.
Brock is deeply grateful for the generous support of the Federal Government under the leadership of Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines, the Provincial Government under the leadership of the Hon. James Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, and members of Niagara’s Regional Council who have made this project possible.
This key partnership between all three levels of government and Brock will build upon the University’s economic and research strengths to create applied knowledge that will develop new and diverse industries and advance scientific capabilities in Niagara and beyond.
Brock was delighted to receive funding in the amount of $33.5 Million from the Ontario Provincial Government on Feb. 14, 2008 as part of their investment in strategic infrastructure.
In September 2008 the Regional Municipality of Niagara supported this project in the amount of $2 Million.
And on Nov. 29, 2010, the project received a Federal Government investment of $38 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).
“Through our government’s investments in Brock University, researchers will have the tools they need to pursue world-class research,” said Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan (which includes KIP) is strengthening Canada’s economy for the current and next generation of workers.”
“This new complex provides a significant boost to Brock’s research capacity and Niagara’s economy,” said MPP Bradley. “Its business incubator for start-up companies will provide a crucial link to the private sector, creating local jobs and contributing to economic growth in the Niagara region.”
In acknowledging the governments’ support, Lightstone said the Cairns Family Complex will strengthen Brock’s research capabilities with new specialized labs, advanced equipment and enhanced teaching and learning spaces.
Scheduled for completion in 2012, the Complex will be a 176,530-square-foot, world-class facility that will provide support for four Canada Research Chairs and several award-winning researchers in biotechnology, green chemistry, plant pathology and health and wellness.
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The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University is expected to open in 2012.