A Million Reasons to Celebrate at Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University (CBU) will enhance its applied research and development capacity and expand the delivery of university level health-related programs in the region thanks to a federal contribution of $1,000,000 in two projects through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.  Senator Michael L. MacDonald was in Sydney on April 23, 2014, to make the announcement.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is contributing $500,000 to purchase new equipment for CBU’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment.  This project will help increase the applied research and development capacity at CBU, improve learning opportunities for students and attract highly qualified personnel to the area.

An additional $500,000 federal contribution, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is allowing CBU to implement Phase 1 of a plan to renovate classrooms and purchase state of the art information technology/conferencing equipment for the delivery of health-related programs at CBU. CISCO Systems and Bell Aliant are also contributing $175,000 toward the cost of this project.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2012, CBU, Dalhousie University and the Cape Breton District Health Authority (CBDHA) entered into a memorandum of understanding to develop a cohesive approach to expanding health-related educational program offerings and research capacity in Cape Breton.
  • The agreement seeks to leverage the established health-related academic resources of Dalhousie University, the growing health-related academic resources of CBU, and the clinical capacity of the CBDHA to develop expanded academic program offerings by the partners.


“Our Government is committed to attracting and retaining highly skilled researchers, supporting innovation, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy. By investing in post-secondary institutions, we are taking concrete action to build Canada's knowledge infrastructure. These investments will enable Cape Breton University to undertake new areas of research and provide state-of-the-art facilities for its students.”

– Senator Michael L. MacDonald, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“We are thrilled with the federal government’s participation in this innovative project. Creating the infrastructure to enable the development of a year-long community clerkship model for third year medical students in Sydney is fabulous. We are confident that this collaborative initiative can also be leveraged into other exciting opportunities for our partners and for this region to complement the evolving provincial health human resource planning strategy.”

– Gordon MacInnis, CBU’s Vice President of Finance & Operations

"The development of a third year clerkship for medical students in a community setting is the only intervention that has been proven to effectively get doctors to practice in rural areas. This project now provides the infrastructure necessary to develop such a program in Sydney."

– Dr. Tom Marrie, Dean, Dalhousie School of Medicine


Conference room to be built at CBU

Laboratory at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment