The construction of a new pavilion as part of the ÉTS campus is among the government’s investment prioritiesWednesday, March 27, 2019
The construction of a new pavilion as part of the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) campus is among the investment priorities identified by the Québec government in the Provincial Budget that was presented on March 21, 2019.
Investments in infrastructure projects for constituent institutions of the Université du Québec network are among the measures that were highlighted in the Budget, with a view to increasing funding for universities. Other provisions include awards of excellence for future educators and specific support dedicated to university institutions in the various regions of the province.
In fact, infrastructure investments totalling $669.7 M were announced for 2019-2020, including $42.5 M for the construction of a new ÉTS pavilion (number 13 on the following illustration).
The new five-storey building will be located behind the existing main pavilion, on the corner of William and Young streets. It is expected to house classrooms, teaching laboratories and administrative spaces.
According to Cédrick Pautel, Acting Director General and General Secretary of ÉTS: “The current lack of space affecting ÉTS has a direct impact on our capacity to train engineers, which represents a pressing need in Québec. It hinders our ability to provide our students and researchers with the superior-quality facilities they expect from ÉTS. We are very appreciative of this critical support, which will help us to carry out promising projects for the future of ÉTS. This will benefit will the entire industrial sector in Québec and the provincial economy as a whole.”
Funding for engineering: Waiting for support for funding for engineering
In a more global sense, the government presented an increase in operational funding for universities to more than $90 M, which represents a 3% hike, in addition to the reinvestment that was announced in 2018-2019. This attests to a continued commitment to the development of knowledge and high-level competencies.
Despite all of this, there is still serious concern with respect to the level of funding for engineering in Québec. Working in cooperation with the other engineering faculties in the province and industry representatives, ÉTS intends to continue its efforts with the government over the coming weeks to ensure proper funding for the engineering and information technology sectors in order to adequately respond to the needs of industry.
Director of communications, ÉTS