Toronto, Ontario - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario's college system, Humber will receive more than $3 million from the Ontario Government.

Earlier this month, Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced a $50 million one-time capital grant for colleges in the province to strengthen the quality of postsecondary programs provided to students.

Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College said the announcement is positive news for the school. "With this announcement, the government has acknowledged the significant role that colleges play in post-secondary education," said Whitaker. “Humber will continue to be a leader in education and innovation.”

From the $50-million investment, $48 million will support colleges in undertaking major initiatives that enhance student learning, such as the purchase of specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment, technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, facility retrofits, and other projects.

The remaining $2 million will support the Northern Colleges Collaboration, a partnership between northern Ontario's six public colleges--Boreal, Cambrian, Canadore, Confederation, Northern and Sault--to improve student access to education in the North.

Humber opened its doors to its first students on September 11, 1967. The college has a number of activities planned to celebrate its 50th anniversary. To find out more visit humber50.ca

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About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Communications Co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 5479
nadia.araujo@humber.ca