Partnership will revitalize The Culinary Institute of Canada

Partners in the revitalization of The Culinary Institute of Canada include MP Sean Casey,Minister Richard Brown, Kevin Murphy and Holland College Vice President Sandy MacDonald with Culinary Institute students Cheneyce Battiste and Michael Davis.

A revitalization of The Culinary Institute of Canada will better equip graduates with the skills and training they need to launch successful careers in the food industry.

Today’s federal-provincial investment of $5.1 million will support a renovation to drive economic growth through innovation and commercialization of food products.

“This investment in the Culinary Institute of Canada is an investment in the next generation of students,” Charlottetown MP Sean Casey said. “These infrastructure improvements will ensure these future researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs have access to up to date training facilities ensuring they have the skills and experience they need to compete on a global level.”

The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund helps universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers needed by Canadian companies to compete and grow internationally.

“Our government is committed to building our economy and creating jobs through partnerships with our post-secondary institutions,” Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown said. “We are investing in our high-quality food products and our world-class culinary facilities to position Prince Edward Island‘s people and products among the world’s best.”

The announcement included the launch of Nourish, a capital campaign to enrich The Culinary Institute of Canada led by the Holland College Foundation. In all, $7.5 million will fund a significant renovation and expansion to the teaching and learning environment at the Tourism and Culinary Centre, and a $500,000 investment in student financial aid.

Kevin Murphy, chair of the fundraising campaign and a member of the Holland College Foundation Board of Directors, said the investments made to date have been a tremendous start.

“The funding from the federal and provincial governments puts us much closer to our objective, and demonstrates the commitment both governments have to ensuring that our young people receive a culinary education second to none,” he said. “Collectively, the support of our private and public sector partners totals $6.2 million to date, putting us at 83 per cent of our $7.5 million objective.”

“This revitalization effort will ensure that students at The Culinary Institute of Canada continue to receive the training and education that has for so many years given our culinary graduates a competitive edge in the job market,” said Dr. Sandy MacDonald, Vice President Academic and Applied Research at Holland College.

In total, the federal and provincial governments and participating partners are investing more than $23 million in Prince Edward Island’s post-secondary institutions over the next two years. 

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