Government of Canada Supports Skills Development through Collège Boréal

Monday, January 14, 2013

Media Release

Government of Canada Supports Skills Development through Collège Boréal

For immediate release
January 14, 2013

Windsor, Ontario — The Government of Canada is investing up to $762,000 in a virtual classroom at the Collège Boréal d'arts appliqués et de technologie (Collège Boréal) to promote business skills and French-language training in southern Ontario. Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), made the announcement today.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the conditions for economic growth and long-term prosperity for our communities," said MP Watson. "Today's announcement has allowed Collège Boréal to strengthen ties between the business community and students as well as enhance French-language skills throughout the region, using the newly equipped training centres in Windsor and Toronto."

This contribution, provided through FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative, will allow the Collège Boréal to equip two of its campuses with computers, as well as with multimedia and videoconferencing facilities. By enabling entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized businesses to access the expertise of bilingual students with business skills at the Collège Boréal, these centres will enhance the capacity of regional companies to build a productive and bilingual workforce. This will help them to diversify their business opportunities in new markets. Through this investment, Collège Boréal will be able to offer more services and increase the accessibility of its programs: the project is expected to benefit more than 600 people each year.

"This new contribution by the Government of Canada reaffirms the role of primary importance that Collège Boréal is playing toward the growth of businesses and the economic development of its regions," said Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, President of Collège Boréal. "With its 42 Access Centres in 28 Ontarian cities, and 258 business and community partners, our institution is capable of capitalizing more than ever on its training and employability expertise in southern Ontario."

FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative is designed to encourage businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to undertake projects that will result in a more productive, diversified and competitive economy.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region's businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit or call 1-866-593-5505.

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For more information, contact:

Stephanie Thomas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario