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Seneca receives $4.8M in funding from Ontario government

Funds will enhance buildings and learning spaces at four campuses

March 4, 2022   by CM Staff

Seneca gets a funding boost that will help create new spaces and upgrade others at multiple campuses.

Toronto — The Ontario government has provided funding to 16 infrastructure and technology initiatives across Seneca College’s campuses through the College Equipment Renewal Fund (CERF) and Facilities Renewal Program (FRP).

Seneca received $4.8 million between 2o21 and 2022 for deferred maintenance and building repairs and to equip the learning spaces that will prepare students for their careers. This includes a new lab for creative advertising and marketing students called The Agency.

“This funding from the Ontario government will help Seneca invest in our academic spaces as we welcome more students back on campus,” said Seneca president David Agnew in a statement.

“It will also provide students access to the technology and equipment they need to reach their academic and professional goals.”

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Seneca says it plans to apply the funding from CERF and FRP to projects at the King, Markham, Newnham and Seneca at York campuses, including opticianry and broadcast studio equipment, technology for academic work stations, laptops for students to loan and various building renovations.

“Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer world class education, which is critical to the future of the province, and our economy,” said Jill Dunlop, minister of colleges and universities and MPP for Simcoe North in a statement.

“Our government’s investments to build Ontario will help colleges and universities renew and modernize their facilities and buy vital training equipment so they can continue to deliver high-quality education to students – anytime and anywhere.”

These funds are part of the Ontario government’s three-year $583 million commitment to help colleges and universities provide a better learning environment virtually and on campus. It builds on $5.6 million in CERF and FRP funding Seneca received from the province from 2020 to 2021.