Ottawa’s Saint Paul University has received significant funding for the renovation of Guigues Hall, to improve social and academic experiences for Franco-Ontarian students.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.4 million over three years for the project, while the Government of Ontario is providing support through the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction (2020–2021 to 2022–2023). The university is also contributing $3.4 million over two years.
The renovation project has the following objectives:
- To create collaborative zones, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, and a “social campus” with multiple informal social spaces
- To consolidate academic offices and student services
- To improve learning spaces, workspaces, and the overall quality of the building
- To reduce the university’s energy footprint
The investments are in addition to more than $1 million in funding announced in March 2020 to renovate Guigues Hall’s auditorium. Modernizing its facilities will help the university continue offering its students a quality education in French and ensure the vitality of Franco-Ontarian culture.