Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Innovation and digital technology adoption are key to the vitality of the Canadian economy, supporting business growth, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary to foster more innovative regional economies, and increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. Preparing Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow will provide Canadian companies with the highly skilled workers they need to innovate and modernize their processes to stay on the cutting edge.
Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $1.98 million to help Algoma University expand its School of Computer Science and Technology computer lab. This targeted investment will be used to design, build and equip a state-of-the-art computer lab with dedicated space for the development of expertise and creativity in the areas of mobile application engineering, cybersecurity, software systems, data analytics and computer game technology. The expansion is expected to create 23 construction-related jobs, help maintain nine full-time faculty positions and 15 part-time jobs; as well as pave the way for increased enrolment and staffing.
The upgraded lab will increase programming and research opportunities for students and faculty. In addition, it will include two innovation and collaboration zones designed to ensure creativity, project innovation, product development and idea incubation. The expansion will also offer sufficient workspace for interactive display integration to encourage continuous collaboration and idea-sharing among students, faculty, researchers and industry partners.
Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to addressing current and future human resource and technical challenges in the region.