Colleges Ontario applauds federal commitments to college research

Mar 23, 2011

(Toronto, March 23, 2011) – Colleges Ontario, which represents the province’s 24 public colleges, applauds the federal government’s budget for its commitments to higher education.

“The budget recognizes the important role colleges play in strengthening the economy,” said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “The budget includes some particularly important commitments to college research activity that strengthens innovation and productivity in Canadian businesses.”

The budget contains an $80-million commitment in new funding over three years through the Industrial Research Assistance Program to help small- and medium-sized businesses accelerate their adoption of key information and communications technologies through collaborative projects with colleges.

It also commits to create 30 new industrial research chairs at colleges with $3 million in 2011-12 and $5 million per year on a permanent basis, starting in 2012-13.

The budget also promises $12 million over five years to support joint college-university commercialization projects. As well, the budget includes a commitment to forgive a portion of federal student loans for nurses who agree to practice in remote areas, along with the other measures to support students.

“These investments recognize the need to support businesses in order to return our economy to full productivity and take on a global leadership role going forward,” said Franklin.

Should the budget be defeated, Franklin said the colleges will continue to advocate for investments into applied research and other measures to strengthen higher education.


For more information:
Sally Ritchie
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Colleges Ontario
647 258-7686
647 217-4109 (Cell)

College Montmorency Nomades, 2011 CCAA Champions!

Mar 20, 2011

Congratulations to College Montmorency Nomades from Laval, Quebec, the 2011 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions!

CCAA Basketball Championships – Live Webcast

Mar 19, 2011

It’s Championship Day at the CCAA Women’s National Basketball championships, hosted by Niagara College. Live streaming of all games available at

CCAA Women’s National Basketball Championships start this week

Mar 14, 2011

The 2011 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championships will be taking place at Niagara College’s new Athletic Centre at the Welland Campus from March 17 – 19.

This high-profile championship will showcase Canada’s elite eight Women’s collegiate basketball teams. As the host college, the Niagara College Knights will have an automatic berth into the championships and will look to become the first team from Ontario to ever win national gold. The Knights face the number-one ranked College Montmorency in the first-round on Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre, or online at For further information, including the full championship schedule, visit

Parking and Construction updates

Jan 10, 2011

Winter 2011 edition of NC’s encore Magazine now available

Dec 24, 2010

The Winter 2011 edition of encore, the magazine of Niagara College, is now available. Please use the following link to view:

Watermain break at Welland repaired; all services up and running

Dec 17, 2010

Please note that the watermain break at the Welland Campus has been repaired and all services are fully operational. Thanks to students, staff and visitors for their patience and cooperation while repairs were made yesterday.


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