Ontario is supporting projects across the province that will connect college students with businesses to tackle R&D challenges and launch innovative new products and services.
Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge, visited the city’s Gaslight District, site of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s new Applied Research Hub, to announce that the local college is one of 22 across the province receiving funding for a total of 61 projects supported through the Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund (CARDF).
The projects at Conestoga will enhance technology adoption, support innovation and increased productivity, and contribute to a more secure and sustainable future for our community. They include:
In addition to addressing the needs of local business, industry and community, applied research at Conestoga and Ontario’s other colleges provides opportunities for students to gain real-world experience as they prepare for successful careers.
Helping students succeed in the innovation economy is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Our province needs talent to continue to sustain its growing innovation eco-system. Investing in applied research and development is a step towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our province. By bringing together colleges and the R&D sector, we’re creating opportunities for our students and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
“Ontario’s college students are bright, ambitious and ready to take on real world challenges. When students have the opportunity to apply their education in practical ways, they’re even better equipped to participate in the skills-based economy we’re building in the province. These projects will encourage students to explore their full potential, immerse themselves in industries and help us keep Ontario’s R&D sector competitive.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
“Connecting businesses and colleges is critical to keeping Ontario’s economy strong and growing. At the same time, it offers students real-world, hands-on education and experience to ready them for success in a time of rapid economic change.”
— Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
“We greatly appreciate this investment in real-world research that will drive innovation and economic growth across our community and throughout Ontario while helping students develop the skills and knowledge they need to launch successful futures. “
— John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
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