The government of Nova Scotia is investing $54 million to improve infrastructure, foster research and enhance healthcare and training at Cape Breton University. At an announcement on Monday, March 28, 2022, The Honourable Brian Wong, Minister of Advanced Education, announced $35 million toward the construction of the Centre for Discovery and Innovation at CBU as well as $14 million in deferred maintenance.
“Ensuring our post-secondary institutions remain competitive and have the space and infrastructure needed to welcome and train the future workforce is essential for our economic future,” says Brian Wong, Minister of Advanced Education.
In addition, The Honourable Brian Comer, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and MLA Cape Breton East, announced $5 million in funding for a Strategic Health Initiative at CBU which will explore training and healthcare enhancement options to recruit and retain healthcare workers to areas of the province outside of the urban core.
“This is a monumental day for Cape Breton University. We are absolutely thrilled that the Province of Nova Scotia is recognizing the needs of our students, our employees and our community,” says David C. Dingwall, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University. “The announcements made today here at CBU are transformational and a game-changer. This allows us to invest in infrastructure for our students and our faculty. This investment will further allow us to attract both Canadian and international students to study in expanded science, engineering, technology and medical-related programs at CBU.”
The investment in the Centre for Discovery and Innovation will support the advancement of the construction of state-of-the-art research and instructional facilities that propel scientific inquiry, advance discovery and expedite local solutions for global problems. The deferred maintenance investments will allow CBU to address a backlog of infrastructure upgrades and improvements to ensure the University remains competitive and safe.
This announcement is transformational not only for Cape Breton University but for Cape Breton Island as a whole. The University would like to thank the Province of Nova Scotia, Premier Tim Houston, Minister Wong and Minister Comer for believing in this project and Cape Breton University.