Ontario’s government announced this week that it has established a working group to “explore the feasibility of new models for delivering learning, training and instruction at the Kemptville campus in Eastern Ontario.”
The Kemptville campus land base and facilities are currently operated and maintained by the University of Guelph. This management agreement terminates in 2018.
Tasked with developing a “fully sustainable, sound business plan,” the working group will look at what courses and programs could be offered at the college. The group will look at ways for the Kemptville campus to continue to focus on agriculture and food education as well as considering offering courses in health and wellness, business and trades training, according to a press release. The working group is to submit its findings in late fall 2015.
“By collaborating with the working group and the municipality of North Grenville, Ontario is helping to secure a long-term solution that will support local economic growth, as well as encourage agricultural education and training in eastern Ontario,” says Jeff Leal, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
The working group will include representatives from:
- University of Guelph
- Municipality of North Grenville
- United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
- Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
” The municipality is pleased with the establishment of the working group and the progress it has achieved to date. We see the group’s efforts as forming the basis of a sustainable business plan leading to a not-for-profit corporation to renew and redevelop Kempvtille campus into an educational and multi-institutional campus relevant to Eastern Ontario, particularly in the areas of education and training, health and wellness and economic development,” says David Gordo, mayor of the Municipality of North Grenville.