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Ontario investing $3 million in Confederation College

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Ontario is expanding postsecondary education opportunities in Northwestern Ontario by making investments totalling $3 million in Confederation College's campuses in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout.

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In Thunder Bay, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the investments in the two facilities, which are targeted to open in September 2017.

The province will provide $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for a Student Wellness Centre on the college's main campus in Thunder Bay. It will be a venue for students and the community to improve their physical and mental health in new athletic facilities, meeting and training space.

Ontario will also invest $1 million through the NOHFC in a new facility to house Confederation College's Sioux Lookout campus.

The college is developing the facility within the new Sioux Lookout High School that the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is building, which will enable the college and high school to share resources such as labs and shops.

These cost efficiencies and modern facilities will allow the college to expand enrolment and add new programs that teach skills local employers are looking for, including hospitality, culinary arts, environmental sciences and applied health sciences.

The government is investing in community infrastructure and postsecondary education as part of its Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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