UQO’s unified campus on the way in which to changing into a actuality

The minister confirmed that the financial plan to repatriate the university’s teaching and research activities to a single location – the Alexandre-Taché Pavilion campus – has been completed. This, she says, was made possible by new amounts from the Quebec Infrastructure Plan (PQI) 2022-2032.

The Minister of Higher Education, Danielle McCann (archives).

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The unification project is a long-term project that has been in the pipeline for fifteen years. It provides for the addition of two wings to the Alexandre-Taché building and the expansion of the library. The work could be completed by 2028, McCann said.

Initially, the government set aside $60.5 million for the unification project to see the light of day, but rising construction costs have added to the bill, and until recently, the minister refused to say whether his government would pay the difference.

The minister says that the new funds will allow the project to run its course. It maintains that the opportunity file can be completed and submitted to the government for approval.

I’m always happy to come and make big announcements in regions like this, because I know it makes a difference.minister McCann threw with a smile to the assembly, composed for this occasion of almost all the political gratin in Outaouais.

This is a long-awaited project that has not been forgotten by our government. For us, the Outaouais region is very important in many ways. »

a quote from Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education

The minister specified that the project for the expansion and reunification of the campus ofOCU will accommodate over 6,000 students while creating an even more dynamic student life on campus.

It will increase the vitality of the city — I think that’s what happens when you have such a dynamic university district — and the region, in addition to increasing the attractiveness of theOCUshe said.

UQO Dean Murielle Laberge (files)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jonathan Dupaul

the dean ofOCUMurielle Laberge, was very emotional when she came to the microphone to thank the minister. It’s a wonderful day for higher educationshe said. We finally have the guarantee that this structuring project will come to fruition.

Consolidating the unified campus in Gatineau is not just a brick-and-mortar project, she recalled. It is a strategic and development project on which the university team has been working for 25 years.

A new civil law program

Minister Danielle McCann also took advantage of her visit to Outaouais to announce the creation of a new Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law at theOCU. The program will be offered in the fall of 2023.

For the minister responsible for the Outaouais region, Mathieu Lacombe, the symbolic significance of this announcement should not be underestimated.

The Minister for Families, Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and MNA de Papineau, Mathieu Lacombe (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Patrick Louiseize

There’s a very good university across the river [l’Université d’Ottawa]but in your law program, it’s quite special: you have professors from Quebec, who teach Quebec law to Quebecers on Ontario soilhe pointed ironically. I think that was our best argument [de vente]. We are able to do things at home!

The Minister recalled that the creation of this new baccalaureate is a matter of pride and autonomynot to mention that it will be offered according to the Quebec tuition scheduleinsisted on specifying the rector of theOCUMuriel Laberge.

Three new programs at the Cégep de l’Outaouais

Finally, Minister McCann will leave the Outaouais region, having also promised to implement three new study programs at the Cégep de l’Outaouais: Social Work Techniques, Radiodiagnosis Technology and Management and Intervention Techniques.

Cégep will offer some of these programs as of January 2023. The new courses must serve 210 students.

These new courses, in addition to Physiotherapy Techniques, were the subject of an official request from Cégep in March. Even though he didn’t get everything he asked for, Cégep de l’Outaouais director general Steve Brabant was visibly pleased with the minister’s announcements on Monday.

The announcement […] it is really a first step to make up for the significant deficit in infrastructure and university programming that, for years, hampered the Outaouais, but also its only French-speaking CEGEPhe declared.

The announcement comes in response to a serious crisis. The fire has been burning in medical imaging for years, and today, around fifty technologists are lacking to produce the necessary diagnoses that doctors need, and delays continue to skyrocket.

Steve Brabant, new general director of the Cégep de l’Outaouais

Photo: Courtesy/Cégep de l’Outaouais

This is [aussi] more manpower for our organizations, our municipalities that work in the world of sport, leisure and culturehe added.

More students will stay in Outaouais to train, work, live in their region and contribute to the development of the vitality of their region. »

a quote from Steve Brabant, Managing Director, Cégep de l’Outaouais

The implementation of these new programs is accompanied by financial support of around three million dollars. These sums of money should allow Cégep staff to create the necessary space on the Gabrielle-Roy and Félix-Leclerc campuses to accommodate these new programs.

With information from Nathalie Tremblay

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