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March 23, 2016

JIBC welcomes support for post-secondary institutions in federal budget

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) congratulates the Federal Minister of Finance on his first Budget and welcomes the government’s clear recognition of the vital role that post-secondary institutions will play in revitalizing Canada’s economy. 

JIBC is especially pleased to see the government respond to colleges and institutes call for additional infrastructure funding with the new Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Funds, which commits $2 billion over the next three years. Coupled with the $9 billion Building Canada Fund, this will help drive a much needed renewal in college and institute infrastructure, 60% of which currently exceeds its 40-year life cycle.

JIBC also welcomes the increased levels of support for the research granting agencies including confirmation of the Budget 2015 commitments of $5 million for the College and Community Innovation Program and $7 million for SSHRC partnership grants in 2016-17.  Given the impressive results that modest investments in applied research have yielded to date and the dramatic growth in college and institute capacity, JIBC welcomes the government’s commitment to redesign and redefine how it supports innovation and growth. 

“There are many elements in the federal budget that can help support post-secondary institutions across Canada, and JIBC’s unique mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through our applied education, training and research,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO. “In addition to more funding for post-secondary infrastructure and applied research, I’m pleased to see increased student financial assistance, and initiatives for adult-learners and Indigenous students, items that will help increase access to the education and training we provide.”

About Justice Institute of British Columbia 

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.

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Last updated March 31, 2016