Federal government contributes $1.3M to the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
by CM Staff
Confederation College is effectively using on-campus renewable energy systems to host applied skills-based learning opportunities.
THUNDER BAY — On Sep. 23, Marcus Powlowski, MP for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, on behalf of Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $1.3-million investment to the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology to increase the college’s capacity to achieve renewable energy, a net-zero facility and curriculum goals.
Confederation College is effectively using on-campus renewable energy systems to host applied skills-based learning opportunities. The investment hopes to support this, and important initiatives such as their Sustainability Roadmap Study which focuses on energy topics including efficiency, renewables, and electrification. Their learnings will be shared with community partners including Indigenous communities, as Canada moves towards a net-zero economy.
A key element of this project is to build an equitable, culturally inclusive curriculum that includes existing and future renewable energy projects that will increase accessibility and support the construction and maintenance of renewable energy systems.
The main campus of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology is in Thunder Bay, with seven regional campuses located across northwestern Ontario, in the communities of Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Greenstone, Marathon, Sioux Lookout and Red Lake.
By increasing the potential to collaborate with First Nations and northwestern communities served by the college on renewable energy projects, the project hopes to provide regional economic benefits while advancing Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
“As Canada moves towards developing a prosperous and sustainable net-zero economy, it is essential that Canadians have access to the skills and knowledge needed to fill the jobs of the future. Today’s investment of $1.3 Million will help Confederation College leverage its expertise in clean energy to train the energy leaders of tomorrow. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this important undertaking in Thunder Bay, Ontario.” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources.