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Stimulus funding extended

Universities have several extra months to complete 183 projects

The Harper government has extended the deadline for stimulus spending from March 31 2011 to Oct 31 2011. The extension applies to all of “Canada’s Economic Action Plan” projects, including the Knowledge Infrastructure Project. In total, there are 183 infrastructure projects taking place at 79 universities across the country. Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, applauded the move, stating that the program is “transforming campuses across the country, and improving the quality of the research and learning experience for Canadian students.” Liberal MP, John McCallum says the announcement came too late and that projects have incurred unnecessary costs in trying to meet the earlier deadline. “We can’t quarrel with the action, but we do quarrel with the timing,” he said.

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