Under the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), the University of Calgary will receive $78 million for eight projects.
This is in addition to nearly $162 million from the Government of Alberta in new and ongoing capital projects including the MacKimmie Complex project planning and the Schulich School of Engineering.
“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 middle-class 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,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
University of Calgary believes investment in the Utility Reduction Program will improve the environmental sustainability of research and innovation on campus. This could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,000 tonnes and avoid utility costs of $1 million per year.
Upgrades to Research Field Stations will support wildlife, ecology, and environmental research, including more modern methods for collecting climate data, helping the university maintain its place among the top research institutions in Canada.