There's new funding for Lakehead University's new $21-million science and engineering building.
The project is getting $5 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and the new lab space is expected to create 67 new local jobs.
MPP and NOHFC Acting Chair Bill Mauro made the announcement today.
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Mauro says those new, higher-paying jobs are a positive for Thunder Bay. "We are, through announcements like today's, seeing some really continued evolution of the economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, into the diversification of more knowledge-based jobs," Mauro explains, adding those type of jobs tend to fare better during recessions.
Vice President of Research and Innovation Dr. Andrew Dean says the investment will help outfit the labs with new equipment for researchers, including a transmission electron microscope.
"It sees things at a very minute level, but it does things very much at the surface, so it's very helpful for material science, chemistry, and biology."
Dr. Dean says construction of an addition onto the existing building is expected to begin within two months, and the centre is scheduled to open next April. (Staff Photo/Video)