Langara College receives federal funding for campus improvements

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Reported by Caitlin O’Flanagan

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Harjit S. Sajjan announced the federal funding along with faculty and members of government at Langara College on Oct. 21, 2016. Photo: Caitlin O’Flanagan.

Minister of National Defence and Vancouver South MP, Harjit S. Sajjan, was at Langara College Friday to announce a government investment of $1.58 million to update Langara’s Building A.

The funding’s main goal is to make the building more environmentally friendly and to provide better research facilities for students and staff. One of the biggest projects will be replacing two ventilation systems that have been in operation since the 1970s. The new fans will reduce costs and energy consumption. Sajjan emphasized the significance of these updates.

“It’s so important to be able to bring that level of support to community college and especially Langara College, where I went as well,” Sajjan said. “When you look at the younger generation, and the importance of the environment, this is about demonstrating that their education institutions are doing it as well, and that their government is investing into it.

“We can’t just talk about it; we need to take action.”

Government funding for Langara upgrades part of new initiative

The federal government is providing $1 million, the provincial government is providing $584,000 and Langara is providing an additional $610,000. Part of a new federal initiative, the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, $2 billion will be given to Canadian universities and colleges.

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Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO of Langara College, speaking at the funding announcement on Oct. 21, 2016. Photo: Caitlin O’Flanagan.

President and CEO of Langara College, Lane Trotter said funding and upgrades will help carry on the school’s 2009-2014 strategy of reducing energy use on campus.

Ghezal Durrani, criminal justice student and Board of Governors member, looks forward to the school’s improvements, for herself and the community.

“Putting money into colleges or universities is never a waste of time or money because it’s an investment into a better country,” she said.

Langara recently invested $48.9 million into Langara’s new Science & Technology Building.

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