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Published on : Mar 20, 2015

Construction for the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center of the Niagara College has finally begun with the support of US$4.2 million provincial investment. The new manufacturing center will be permanently located in the site and will boast high tech infrastructure to provide students with over 15,000 square feet as lab space. The facilities in the center would promote hands-on applied learning and will also provide companies with the much needed innovation space to function on site for staffs from industry and students from Niagara. 

The center will also encourage the small and medium sized firms located across Ontario to reduce their cost of production as well the time consumed by the production process by making the technologically advanced equipment and state of the art research facilities available to these companies. These companies will also enjoy the benefit of capitalizing on the expertise and business intelligence of the students and faculty of the unit. 

The main objective behind construction of this new manufacturing unit by the government was to boost and support business innovation apart from post-secondary education across Ontario. The Ontario government at present is engaged in implementing the four-point plan to spur the region’s economy. This four-point plan includes investment on people’s skills and talents, construction and development of Ontario’s infrastructure like transits and roads, creating a dynamic market, and the creation of a supportive environment to boost businesses and encourage secure savings plan, so that people may retire as per plan. 

The manufacturing innovation programs in Ontario began in May 2013. The drive was led by Niagara College of Research and Innovation. The region at present is home to more than eight hundred and fifty small-scale and medium sized enterprises.