The following is the news release from the premier’s office.
Premier Kathleen Wynne participated in the opening of the Laurentian School of Architecture today, as part of her commitment to help young people in every part of the province prepare for promising careers.
The government invested $21 million in the new school to help Northern Ontario students enter architecture professions, and study closer to their families and the communities where they grew up.
The school’s primary area of focus will be sustainable building design for northern climates. It will also feature an Aboriginal design focus and an Elder-in-residence. Francophone students will have the opportunity to take courses in French and a variety of internships at French-speaking design firms will be offered.
The school will also partner with local businesses and institutions to engage students on building projects that will revitalize communities across Northern Ontario.
The Ontario government is committed to making smart investments that will help Northern Ontario’s economy grow and create more jobs.
“I am so pleased that students will now have the opportunity to specialize in the areas that matter most to their home communities. Our young people want the right skills they need to succeed in their communities, and small business owners across the province are looking for people with the expertise that will help them grow and create more jobs.”
—Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“A postsecondary education continues to be one of the most important investments people can make in themselves and their future. Programs like this one will help prepare students in the North for the global economy, give them better access to good jobs and help Ontario build the highly skilled and educated workforce it needs.”
—Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“This new program will further establish Sudbury as a destination for specialized post-secondary education and training. Our government is so proud to be able to work with educational institutions in Northern Ontario to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to educate the workforce of tomorrow.”
—Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines
§ Laurentian University’s School of Architecture in Sudbury is Northern Ontario’s first architecture school, and the first to open in the province in more than 40 years.
§ Laurentian is the first Canadian school of architecture outside of Quebec to offer French programming.
§ Laurentian’s inaugural School of Architecture class is comprised of 70 students and at full capacity will accommodate 400 students.
§ Located in downtown Sudbury, the Laurentian School of Architecture has made an economic impact of $40 million and is expected to have an ongoing impact of $15 million a year in the community.