In the wake of the new 2022 Ontario budget, Trent welcomes continued investment made in local communities across the province with an emphasis on economic recovery, infrastructure, innovation, and strengthening healthcare research and education.
With universities across Ontario, Trent aims to play an integral role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, developing talent and innovation to support long-term prosperity in Ontario and our local economies. Current Trent initiatives include Cleantech Commons, the establishment of a University-integrated seniors village on Trent’s Symons Campus, healthcare research and training the next generation of healthcare professionals through Nursing, Bio-Med and the University’s popular Medical Professional Stream.
Growing the Local Economy
Initiatives like Cleantech Commons at Trent University align with planned investments into research and innovation to support research and development, productivity, economic growth, and to address current and future pandemic preparedness. The research park, developed in partnership with the City of Peterborough, Trent researchers, and future tenants, aims to grow green, sustainable technology solutions.
Training Healthcare Leaders
The budget looks to expand undergraduate and postgraduate medical education training in the province. Trent University academic programs and streams, including Nursing, Biomedical Science, and the Medical Professional Stream, would benefit from the planned infusion of funding over two years beginning 2023-24.
Trent is establishing a University-integrated seniors village on the Symons Campus, with a on-campus long-term care home to be built and operated by peopleCare Communities. The development will serve as a centre of excellence in aging supporting Ontario’s healthcare system – and allowing seniors to stay engaged in life-long learning, multi-generational interaction, the arts, research opportunities, and the life of the University.
Cultivating an Environment of Research Excellence
Research at Trent and across the province is attracting investment from around the world. With re-affirmed budget support for the creation of Intellectual Property Ontario, there will be a clear emphasis on commercialization and our potential to stimulate economic activity.
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness
Trent University researchers have worked collaboratively to support local public health initiatives, playing a lead role in the collection, testing and monitoring of wastewater for COVID-19. The provincial budget plans to prioritize enhanced emergency preparedness, where Trent is set to play a vital role moving forward, as we better prepare our province for the future.
Working for a sustainable post-secondary sector
Trent University will continue to work closely with the post-secondary sector and the Ontario government towards long-term sustainability and revenue flexibility for the sector in order to protect services and foster innovation and economic growth in communities throughout the province.