Canada, New Brunswick Invest in Green Retrofits at NBCC Saint John

Infrastructure Canada

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, the Honourable Glen Savoie, Minister responsible for la Francophonie, and Mary Butler, President and CEO of New Brunswick Community College, announced a joint investment of $45.9 million for energy-efficient building retrofits and upgrades on New Brunswick Community College’s Saint John Campus (NBCC-SJ).

Through this investment, the Trades Education Centre will be expanded to include a lobby, an atrium, a learning commons and a student services centre. In addition, the Centre’s training spaces will be upgraded, five new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed, and two existing buildings will be decommissioned to accommodate the construction of a new courtyard. The Centre will also become more energy-efficient, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 385 tons of CO2 per year.

Skilled trades programs provide students with the training they need to go on to rewarding, good-paying jobs that are highly in demand. Workers in the skilled trades will play a pivotal role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy – and this investment will allow NBCC-SJ to offer a greener learning environment to those interested in joining the thousands of Canadians working as welders, mechanics, carpenters and other skilled trades.

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.

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