It’s part of a $63-million funding announcement made by the federal government for post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan.
$27.6-million will be used for renovations at the university’s College Avenue Campus, $2.4-million will be used to upgrade a laboratory building on campus, and $100,000 will go to Parkland College for an electrical and pressurized water system.
Dave Button, Vice President Administration at the University of Regina says the upgrades are essential to students’ success.
“These will be comfortable, high-tech spaces. We’ll be able to teach classes here and we’ll be able to teach classes remotely for people in areas on reserves, or those who just can’t come to the classroom,” said Button.
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness made the announcement at College Avenue Campus Friday morning. He calls the renovations to the 100-year old campus essential to Regina. “It’s an absolute heritage anchor in the City of Regina. It needs to be upgraded or the debilitation will continue to the point where it’s past the point of recovery” said Goodale.
The University of Regina is also providing $34.8-million towards the renovations.
Work has already begun on some projects and everything is expected to be complete by April 2018.