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$84 million to Cape Breton University for green facility

By Caitlin Snow Apr 3, 2023 | 4:51 PM

Cape Breton University (Photo: cbu.ca)

More than $84 million to Cape Breton University to help pave the way to a cleaner environment.

$20 million dollars from the federal government, $35 million from the provincial government and just about $30 million from the University will help construct an energy efficient building for teaching and research.

“Cape Bretoners have experienced first-hand the impacts of climate change and understand the need to make our infrastructure more resilient. By investing in net-zero ready buildings like the Centre for Discovery and Innovation, we are positioning Cape Breton University as a model for sustainable growth. This new facility will create good jobs during construction and help keep more of Cape Breton’s young people living and working in Cape Breton – generating growth and dynamism across the Island.”
-The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

MP Mike Kelloway says the centre for discovery and innovation will help reach net zero goals sooner than later.

“This is going to create, well paying, middle class jobs, strengthen the local economy and support a cleaner future,” Kelloway said.

The Nova Scotia government recently announced a nearly $59 million investment for a new medical school at the University.

Quick facts
-The Government of Canada is investing $20,000,000 in this project. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $35,000,000, while Cape Breton University is contributing $29,514,000.
-The Government of Canada’s funding comes from the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
-This stream supports greener communities by contributing to climate change preparedness, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting renewable technologies in Canada.
-Including today’s announcement, 63 infrastructure projects or project bundles under the Green Infrastructure Stream have been funded in Nova Scotia, with a total federal contribution of more than $355 million and a total provincial contribution of nearly $462 million.
-Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
-Infrastructure Canada helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.
-The funding announced today builds on the Government of Canada’s work through the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthen local economies, and build inclusive communities.


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