Canada and Ontario Invest to Renew Infrastructure at St. Clair College’s Chatham and Windsor Campuses

Crowd shot at Chatham Campus presentation

$5.4M investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation

(Chatham, Ontario) - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $5.4M investment in St. Clair College.

This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today by Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation—one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is a prime example of that vision in action.

The funding will support two projects at St. Clair College. The first is the addition of 10,000 square feet of flexible learning space that will house the powerline technician program at the National Powerline Training Centre. This will enable the Chatham campus to provide learning opportunities with respect to various skilled trades and technology education, which is currently in demand in Ontario and across Canada.

The second project being supported is the renewal and enhancement of facilities and equipment to improve sustainable delivery of postsecondary, apprentice and pre-apprentice programs and to enhance research and innovation at the institution’s Windsor campus. Facility repairs include HVAC systems, electrical renewals and mechanical repairs to facilities. Renewals include transformer replacements to ensure maintenance of electrical power.

Of the $5.4M investment, $3.8M will come from the federal government and $1.6M from the Government of Ontario. St. Clair College will also contribute $2.0M, in addition to $400,000 coming from other sources, for a total investment of $7.8M.

The funding from the Government of Canada is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and invent—the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

That is how the Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history—about $160 billion over 12 years—which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province with projects such as hospitals,schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the Province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to


“This infrastructure investment is exciting news for St. Clair College and the Southwestern Ontario region. St. Clair has made a commitment in its mission statement to provide students with an accessible, dynamic and supportive learning environment which adapts to their changing requirements. This announcement will help achieve that goal. Investments made through the Strategic Investment Fund – which are taking place across Canada – 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.”
– Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre

“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Encouraging scientific awareness in Ontario and across Canada depends on supporting our world-class scientists and researchers. Through investments such as those under the Strategic Investment Fund, we are continuing to lay the groundwork for making Canada a global leader in scientific excellence.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Our government is proud to support these important projects, which will give St. Clair College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly-skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.”
– Hon. Deb Matthews, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“This funding opportunity for a National Powerline Training Centre at our Chatham campus and investment in our facilities in both Chatham and Windsor – involving various levels of government, local business and industry, and the college itself – demonstrates how important postsecondary education is to the well-being of this region, the province and the nation as a whole. St. Clair College is very grateful for this support as it continues to deliver education and training that will meet the needs of industry and our communities while impacting the lives of our graduates.”
– Patti France, President, St. Clair College

MP London North Centre, Peter Fragiskotas
Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda is designed to ensure Canada is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.
Mayor of Chatham-Kent, Randy Hope
Randy Hope, Mayor, Municipality of Chatham-Kent