Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, and Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University, announced $36 million in federal and provincial funding for retrofits to the university’s Ralph Pickard Bell Library and Archives and connected breezeway.
The renovated library will be a new hub for innovation and learning, with spaces and resources that enhance interdisciplinary programming and further improve the quality of the student experience at Mount Allison University. Additions include digital teaching and learning resources, audio-visual media labs and broadcasting studios, an incubator space for student-led start-ups, community spaces, and an Indigenous knowledge space.
These enhancements will provide opportunities to connect business and employers with students and faculty as well as community members. The library will continue to hold the university’s collections, archives, research services and study space.
This investment will also reduce the building’s environmental footprint through the installation of LED lighting, passive lighting features and water optimization systems. A new HVAC will also be installed to provide healthy indoor air to those learning and working there.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.