The provincial government is investing $19.4 million in infrastructure upgrades at nine campuses of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). The investment is part of the province’s recently announced $230 million in infrastructure stimulus spending – part of its response to address the economic impacts of COVID-19.
“As our province begins to reopen, we’re focused on opportunities for all Nova Scotians,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This investment is about creating local jobs and upgrading key infrastructure that supports the training and development of our future workforce.”
“These funds are extremely important investments in our campuses, which are situated across Nova Scotia and serve as both important educational centres and community resources,” said Don Bureaux, president, NSCC. “By addressing these much-needed repairs now, we’re able to reduce our future costs and extend the life of our campuses.”
The project designs are complete and the contractor tenders are underway. Work on some of the projects has already begun and the remainder of the projects will begin this summer. Once the tendering process concludes, the complete project list will be available.
Five of the projects (totaling $16.4 million) are exterior wall upgrades, which will be essential in helping to extend the life of campus buildings.
The upgrades are focused on the NSCC’s campuses in Yarmouth, Truro, Halifax, Springhill, Kentville, Stellarton, Port Hawkesbury, Dartmouth and Shelburne.
All projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2021.