UQO’s unified campus becomes reality

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

The Secretary of Higher Education, Danielle McCann (archive).

Photo: Radio Canada / Simon Rail

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 extension 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 pushed the bill and until recently the minister declined to say whether his government would pay the difference.

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

I’m always happy to make great announcements in this kind of region because I know it makes a difference.launched Secretary McCann with a smile to the assembly, who composed almost all the political gratin in Outaouais for the occasion.

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, Secretary of Higher Education

The minister indicated that the expansion and reunification project of the campus of theUQO will house more than 6,000 students while ensuring an even more dynamic student life on campus.

UQO“,”text”:”Ça va mousser la vitalité de la ville — je pense que c’est ce qui se passe quand on a un quartier universitaire aussi dynamique — et de la région, en plus d’augmenter l’attractivité de l’UQO”}}”>It will enhance the vitality of the city – I think that happens when you have such a dynamic university district – and of the region, in addition to the attractiveness ofUQOshe said.

The Rector of UQO, Murielle Laberge (archive)

Photo: Radio Canada / Jonathan Dupaul

The Rector of theUQOMurielle Laberge, was very emotional when she came to the microphone to thank the minister. It’s a beautiful day for higher educationshe said. We finally have the certainty that this structuring project will finally come to fruition.

The consolidation of the unified campus in Gatineau isn’t just a brick and mortar project, she recalled. It is a strategic and development project that the university team has been working on for 25 years.

A new civil law program

Secretary Danielle McCann also took advantage of her visit to the Outaouais to announce the creation of a brand new Bachelor of Civil Law program at theUQO† 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 taken lightly.

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

Photo: Radio-Canada / Patrick Louiseize

: vous avez des professeurs québécois, qui enseignent le droit québécois à des Québécois en sol ontarien”,”text”:”Il y a une université qui est très bien de l’autre côté de la rivière [l’Université d’Ottawa], mais dans son programme de droit, c’est assez particulier: vous avez des professeurs québécois, qui enseignent le droit québécois à des Québécois en sol ontarien”}}”>There’s a university that’s really good across the river? [l’Université d’Ottawa]but in his law program it is very special: you have professors from quebec, who teach quebec law to quebecs on Ontario landhe remarked ironically. I, I think that was our best argument [de vente]† We can 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 Quebec’s tuition schedulemade a point of specifying the rector of theUQOMuriel Laberge.

Three new programs at Cégep de l’Outaouais

Finally, Minister McCann will leave the Outaouais region after also promising the implementation of three new study programs at the Cégep de l’Outaouais: Social Work Techniques, Radiodiagnostic Technology and Management and Intervention Techniques in free time.

Cégep will offer some of these courses from January 2023. The new courses must accommodate 210 students.

These new courses, in addition to Physiotherapeutic Techniques, had been the subject of an official application from Cégep in March. Even if he didn’t get everything he asked for, the director-general of the Cégep de l’Outaouais, Steve Brabant, was visibly delighted with the announcements made by the minister on Monday.

The announcement […] is really a first step towards filling the significant shortage of infrastructure and university programming that for years has disadvantaged the Outaouais, but also the only French-speaking CEGEPhe declared.

The announcement comes in the wake of a serious crisis. The fire has been burning in medical imaging for years and today there are about fifty technologists missing to make the necessary diagnoses that doctors need and the delays continue to skyrocket.

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

Photo: Courtesy/Cegep de l’Outaouais

That is [aussi] more manpower for our organizations, our municipalities working in the world of sports, recreation and culturehe added.

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

A quote from Steve Brabant, Director General, Cégep de l’Outaouais

The implementation of these new programs is accompanied by financial support of nearly three million dollars. These amounts should enable Cégep officials 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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