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Promoting Innovation at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College

2013-12-13, 8:38 AM

Ontario is providing more than $8 million through the Productivity and Innovation Fund and the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant to help Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College become more innovative while improving learning experiences for local students. 

Queen’s University will receive $500,000 to develop common online modules for the introductory statistics course and to provide technology to maximize interactive learning.  

St. Lawrence College will receive $497,011 to transition courses and programs online and to increase work experience learning opportunities for students. 

As part of the Productivity and Innovation Fund – Multi-Institutional Projects, Queen’s University will lead the redesign of senior level clinical nursing courses to include practice-based simulation scenarios that will better prepare nursing graduates for the workplace.  The amount of funding for this project is $5,574,909. 

Queen’s will also lead another Multi-Institutional Project, with funding of $560,000, to develop clinical simulations for nursing students that focus on high risk clinical scenarios, vulnerable client populations and enhanced patient safety competencies.  The new simulations will ensure graduates have the skills needed to quickly transition into complex and highly diverse practice settings.   

The province is also supporting St. Lawrence College with $909,000, over two years, as part of the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant. The funds are to be used to implement six projects to centralize the contract management process, improve financial analysis and reporting, automate student services, enhance identity and access management software, improve placement support services and generate energy savings.

Providing students with affordable, world-class postsecondary education that equips them with the skills they need to succeed is part of Ontario’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


“The investments at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College made through the Productivity and Innovation Fund and the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant, will improve the learning experience for students while helping to put these institutions on more sustainable financial footing.”

— John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands

“We are working with our colleges and universities to make sure our postsecondary education system is sustainable and supports greater quality, international competitiveness and accountability. Through these investments, we will continue to build on the gains made in postsecondary education over the past 10 years.”

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The Productivity and Innovation Fund provides a valuable opportunity for Queen’s to make strategic investments that enhance our students’ learning experience,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University. “In particular, a Queen’s-led partnership will enhance nursing educational programs through new clinical simulations, ultimately resulting in better outcomes for patients and families.”

— Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University  

"We are very pleased to receive the Productivity and Innovation funding. It will allow us to accelerate several projects at the College including the development and launch of several new online learning opportunities for students. We will also be developing innovative new opportunities that will enhance student learning in our business programs, by enriching their hands-on learning, delivering real-world experience, while working on projects from our community."

"The College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant will support several projects. We will be advancing several projects that help our students, the first to give them more online tools and the second to support them when they are seeking a placement which will get them the real-world, hands-on experience that they will need in their future careers. The fund will also allow us to launch additional projects that will allow us to work closely with other educators to find ways to collaborate and be more efficient.”

— Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College


As part of the Productivity and Innovation Fund, Ontario is investing more than $47 million to support 120 projects at colleges and universities across the province.

  • A total of 39 projects are being funded through the $10 million College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant. The grant is available to 11 colleges to help them develop strategies that address key challenges, such as reducing energy and maintenance costs and improving data management and IT systems, so they can focus their resources on core priorities.
  • Ontario has created an additional 161,000 postsecondary student spaces since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion, or 80 per cent, since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has the highest postsecondary attainment rate in the OECD, with more than 65 per cent of adults in Ontario holding a postsecondary credential.

Contact Info


John Gerretsen, MPP  -  613-547-2385