Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty toured the new high-skills training facility at Algonquin College Tuesday touting the province’s clean energy plan.
“We are building on the skills and education of our greatest asset — our people. Right here at Algonquin College, students are training for the jobs of tomorrow which will grow our clean energy economy and help Ontario compete with the world,” said McGuinty.
The 190,000 sq. ft. facility opened last month and houses all construction and related design programs such as plumbing, carpentry, and interior design.
“This building itself is a lab,” said Ottawa West Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, the minister of infrastructure, adding the local construction industry helped raise $10 million for the facility.
“It was a community initiative.”
Chiarelli said the facility will be used to teach “existing people in the workforce how to build green.”
Newly re-elected Liberal MPPs Yasir Naqvi and Phil McNeely were also on hand.
McGuinty reiterated he’s focused on job creation and the economy.
The province created 97,700 net new jobs in 2011.