Knowledge Infrastructure Program - Lakeshore Campus Revitalization

Overview

The federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) is a $2-billion, two-year economic stimulus program to support infrastructure enhancement at postsecondary institutions across Canada while supporting job creation and strengthening the economy. The program will provide $800 million to colleges and universities in Ontario. Through the Government of Ontario’s 2009 Budget, overall matching funds ($780 million) were invested by the province. This joint infrastructure funding initiative will modernize facilities and boost long-term research and skills training capacity at Ontario colleges and universities. The program responds directly to needs identified by the institutions, which were encouraged to submit deferred maintenance and revitalization projects.

Humber has been awarded $35 million ($29.8 million from the province and $5.1 million from the federal government) for Lakeshore revitalization. The funding is being used to support three phases of work: completion of the Centre for Justice Leadership; repurposing of an existing adjacent building for use in School of Creative and Performing Arts and School of Media Studies and Information Technology Programming; and the replacement of the existing Building L at Lakeshore Campus East.

The KIP investment is an integral component of Humber’s long term Lakeshore revitalization plans, and will improve existing facilities for a variety of programs and academic schools.

Enrolment at the Lakeshore Campus has grown by 53% since 2005 and Humber is challenged with accommodating an additional 3,000 undergraduate degree spaces at Lakeshore over the next 5 years.

The KIP funded Lakeshore revitalization projects will:

  • Optimize classroom capacities and flexibility
  • Contribute to the establishment of school identity and Centres of Excellence by clustering specialized facilities
  • Repurpose existing facilities
  • Create much-needed student individual and group study space.