ÉTS Receives Support from the Federal and Provincial Governments

After 20 years of growth, ÉTS is expanding its campus within the Quartier de l’innovation

May 5, 2017
A new pavilion will house a high-performance computing centre,
approximately thirty classrooms, workshops associated with ÉTS student clubs and a learning and relaxation area.
The new pavilion that will be built behind the Maison des étudiants (Student House) will house a high-performance computing centre, classrooms and workshops for student clubs.

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and its partners announced their plans for a $67.1 M investment, the largest since the school arrived in the Sud-Ouest Borough in 1997. The announcement was made jointly by Kirsty Duncan, the Canadian Minister of Science, Hélène David, the Québec Minister of Higher Education, and Harout Chitilian, Vice-Chair of the Ville de Montréal Executive Committee.

Three separate projects will be financed through the Canadian Strategic Investment Fund and the Québec Infrastructure Plan: the repurposing of the DOW Planetarium, the expansion and reconfiguration of the library and the construction of a new pavilion. According to Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS: “This morning’s announcement represents a substantive level of support for ÉTS that will allow us to adequately respond to the significant increase in our clientele over the past several years. ÉTS is delighted with this confirmation of financial support from the federal and provincial governments for the completion of the three projects that are being funded, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing support that we receive from the Ville de Montréal in connection with the development of ÉTS.”

The DOW Planetarium, which was ceded to ÉTS by the Ville de Montréal, will be used for the expansion of Centech, one of the largest business incubators in Canada for technological companies with strong commercial potential. Among other services, this breeding ground for new ideas will offer open innovation spaces for large corporations. This project will receive $3.3 M in federal funding and $3.4 M from the provincial government.

The upgrading of the library is necessary primarily due to the lack of space, because it has essentially remained the same size since it was first opened. On the other hand, the student clientele has increased from 3,500 students in 1997 to more than 10,600 in 2017. The library spaces also need to be reconfigured to accommodate new information technologies and new learning spaces in order to deliver a superior-quality student experience and to meet the growing need for spaces dedicated to studying, the provision of services and learning. This project will be able to meet these objectives thanks to a federal contribution of $2.5 M, along with $2.8 M in provincial funding and a $1.3 M investment by ÉTS.

Finally, the construction of a new pavilion will be made possible thanks to support from the Government of Canada in the amount of $26.9 M and a $16.1 M investment from the Government of Québec, along with $10.8 M from ÉTS. Among other things, this new pavilion will house a high-performance computing centre, approximately thirty classrooms, workshops associated with ÉTS student clubs and a learning and relaxation area. In addition, a park will be built to tie the new pavilion in with the Maison des étudiants, which is located nearby.



In the usual order: Harout Chitilian, Vice-Chair of the Ville de Montréal Executive Committee; David Lametti, Member of Parliament representing LaSalle-Émard-Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Kirsty Duncan, Canadian Minister of Science; Hélène David, Québec Minister of Higher Education; Jean-René Halde, Chairman of the ÉTS Board of Directors; Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS.
 


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