Nova Scotia youth will benefit from a $15.2 million investment that will help construct a Trades Innovation Centre at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus.
This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today, Sept. 13, by Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
“This is an example of government creating opportunities for young Nova Scotians. A career in the skilled trades is a smart choice,” said Ms. Regan. “A new educational Trades Innovation Centre at the Pictou Campus will give students a modern shop space where they can learn their trades and become part of a highly qualified, specialized workforce, ready to discover and take advantage of the great opportunities here in Nova Scotia.”
The Trades Innovation Centre will provide a modern, high-performance shop space for today’s specialized labour force.
Of the $15.2 million investment, $8.3 million will come from the province and $6.9 million from the federal government. The funding will support the construction of a separate, purpose-built, educational trades building at the Pictou Campus. This building will provide the specialized training infrastructure required to meet industry demand and will accommodate carpentry, cabinetry, motor vehicle repair and heavy duty equipment. It will be environmentally efficient, certified to LEED Gold standards.
The federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund which helps modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improves the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
“These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come,” said Mr. Fraser. “Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.”
“This strategic investment in Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou Campus will pay dividends to the students, staff and the community,” said Don Bureaux, NSCC president. “The LEED certified centre will enhance the capacity and student experience at the campus and grow our ability to add needed, well-educated and trained graduates to the workforce.”