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Canadore College Building a Community Health and Wellness Centre

Sep 13, 2016

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – As a result of a $5.6 million investment by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada, Canadore College will build a unique intergenerational seniors’ living facility.

Today, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, Anthony Rota, announced the sizeable investment which will fund the first phase of Canadore’s multi-phased “The Village” living learning centre.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive such strong support from our government,” said George Burton, President and CEO of Canadore College in North Bay, Ont. “Canadore College maintains a strong commitment to our community and our vision to support its people through a continuum of care health and wellness model has been a long-standing goal. This intergenerational facility will create a new standard for health care, teaching, learning and living with a cultural approach.”

The traditional healing lodge and First Peoples’ Centre will bring together culturally designed, relevant and appropriate physical facilities, such as custom-built classrooms that link to community gatherings, celebration, ceremony and smudging rooms, teaching lodges, healing lodges, sweat lodges, growth and harvesting of traditional medicines. Spaces to support students and an overarching spirituality that promotes wellness and healing. The space is designed to mesh Western and traditional Indigenous healing practices while rooting teaching, learning and community development in Indigenous teaching and learning.

Front and centre at “The Village” will be an Indigenous teaching and healing lodge.

  • Intergenerational retirement living
  • Health care continuum
  • Research
  • Models of care for aging
  • Program evolution
  • Bridging cultural gaps
  • Mobility and independence
  • Cognitive health
  • Memory stimulation
  • Spiritual wellness
  • Physical wellness

In total, universities and colleges throughout Ontario will receive more than $1.9 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. The funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

  • The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario are providing more than $950 million for research infrastructure at institutions across Ontario. $98 million has been awarded to the University of Toronto for the Lab Innovation for Toronto (LIFT) project.
  • The Government of Canada's recently launched Innovation Agenda is designed to ensure Canada is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada's universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada's climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Developments Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.


Mr. Rota was first elected in 2004, and served in the 38th Parliament as Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Committee on National Defence. Re-elected in 2006, he occupied the position of Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs and from 2007 to 2011 served as the Liberal Party caucus chair. During that time, Mr. Rota also served as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In the 40th Parliament, he was Vice-Chair of the Industry, Science and Technology Committee.


Canadore trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 65 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. The College and its students add nearly $290 million to the regions of Nipissing and Parry Sound. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 43,000 alumni working across the globe.

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