The upgrades were financed through an investment of $143,781 by the Université de Montréal from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to modernise the knowledge sharing space and implement a web-based communication system. The announcement was joined by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to mark the occasion.
“This investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. We’re making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes,’ says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Building state-of-the-art facilities, labs and modern learning spaces is essential for skills and innovation. That’s why the government, through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, invested $2 billion in 300 projects to renew university and college campuses across the country, with Quebec receiving nearly $1.1 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. The Fund also supports projects to improve the energy efficiency of lab facilities to help reduce their impact on the environment.
“The Government of Canada’s investment in the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur library helps to create the right conditions for education, innovation and knowledge sharing,” says The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “It will help provide long-term growth, which will keep the Canadian economy competitive. It’s not only about creating jobs today; we are also helping prepare young Canadians for the jobs of tomorrow.”
As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities to advance research and innovation in Canada. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces and work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services.
“The technological conversion and upgrading of the Centre Norman-Béthune at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur-de-Montréal will better support the academic mission of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The upgraded Centre will promote knowledge sharing, multi-disciplinary work, and research and development on innovative practices.,” says Frédéric Abergel, president and CEO, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. “I would like to thank the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur-de-Montréal for their participation in this project.”
This investment fund encourages innovation across a wide scope of sectors and in turn, will create jobs and drive growth for the lives of all Canadians. The Innovation and Skills plan intends to further contribute to the economy by creating more middle-class jobs in science and tech-related fields by 2025 to cater Canadians with the skills that they need.