|University Looks to Province to Act on Recommendations in Rae Report to Address $15.3-million Backlog in Deferred Maintenance|
From the Board of Governors' Meeting -- February 18, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005, Peterborough
Trent University's Board of Governors was advised today that the amount of deferred maintenance at the University totals $15.3-million.
The report emphasized that Trent is not the only university in Ontario dealing with the issue of deferred maintenance and confirmed that the province-wide total for the university sector now exceeds $1.6-billion, and is growing.
In his recently released review of postsecondary education, former premier the Honourable Bob Rae recommended that annual provincial funding for facilities renewal for colleges and universities be increased to $200-million by 2007-08.
"While Trent continues to succeed in providing a quality experience to our students, we are challenged on a daily basis to respond to a growing list of deferred maintenance projects," said John Wordley, Director of Physical Resources. Wordley adds that the University is looking to this year's provincial budget for assistance.
Currently, the province provides universities with $26.7-million in annual deferred maintenance funding. This funding, which has not been increased since 1999, can be used only for buildings supporting academic programs. Program funds cannot be applied to general student space, residences and administration space.
Trent receives $438,520 each year in provincial facilities renewal program funding. Trent's Board of Governors adds $250,000 to this figure annually to reduce the backlog.
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