Eligibility

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Eligible Recipients

Knowledge Infrastructure Program applications are open to all institutions that are directly or indirectly authorized by agreement, under the terms of provincial or territorial statutes to deliver post-secondary courses or programs that lead to recognized and transferable post-secondary credentials. This includes public and not-for-profit private institutions, including Aboriginal-controlled and Government of Canada controlled post-secondary institutions.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program are those that support deferred maintenance, repair and expansion projects at post-secondary institutions that improve the quality of research and development and the ability to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training. Eligible projects will need to be materially completed by March 31, 2011. Project eligibility is defined in the context of the two components of the program: the university component and the college component.

(i) University Component

The Program gives preference to university projects that can improve the quality of research and development at the institution.

These include projects intended to improve the scale or quality of research and development1 facilities; and projects intended to improve the health and safety, environmental, or waste-management aspects of research and development facilities.

Examples of projects enhancing university research and development facilities include:

  • research laboratory renewals and upgrades to advanced training laboratories;
  • expansion of buildings to meet research and development program needs, growth needs, and research and development needs;
  • upgrades to building systems associated with research laboratories (such as improvements to electrical systems and to mechanical systems including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, natural gas, and plumbing systems);
  • enhancement of information technology services and data centre renewals and upgrades;
  • renewal and expansion of office and meeting space for graduate students who are conducting research and development in the final stages of thesis preparation;
  • research library renewal and expansion;
  • research and development classroom renovations (such as renewing seats, finishes, sound and light);
  • conversion of vacated space (e.g. a former library) to research and development space;
  • conversion of old auditoria / lecture halls into research and development space; and
  • renewal or expansion of research and development space for technology transfer offices, business incubators, and facilities supporting university-business collaboration.

Examples of projects enhancing the health and safety, environmental or waste management aspects of university research and development facilities include:

  • installation of new technologies and implementation of approaches for improved energy efficiency in laboratories and classrooms (such as installation of energy efficient windows, lighting, pumps and motors, and conversion of heating plant burners to cleaner, more efficient fuels);
  • asbestos removal, mould abatement and installation of emergency systems to support existing research; and
  • ensuring research and development and related student training infrastructure meets current building and safety codes.

(ii) College Component

The Program supports projects at colleges and other post-secondary institutions including publicly funded polytechnic schools, institutes of technology and CEGEPs that strengthen their institution's ability to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training.

These include projects intended to improve the quality of training facilities or projects intended to improve health and safety, environmental or waste-management aspects of teaching and training facilities.

Examples of projects intended to improve the quality of college facilities include:

  • classroom and facility renewals and upgrades;
  • expansion of buildings to meet training program and growth needs;
  • upgrades to building systems for facilities (such as improvements to electrical systems and to mechanical systems including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, natural gas, and plumbing systems);
  • enhancement of information technology services and data centre renewals and upgrades;
  • renewal and expansion of office and meeting space for students;
  • library renewal and expansion;
  • classroom renovations (such has renewing seats, finishes, sound and light);
  • renewal of vacated space (e.g. a former library);
  • renewal of old auditoria / lecture halls; and
  • renewal and expansion of incubation facilities for industry and research.

Examples of projects intended to improve the health and safety, environmental, or waste-management aspects of college facilities include:

  • installation of new technologies or implementation of approaches for improved energy efficiency in classrooms and facilities (such as installation of energy efficient windows, lighting, pumps, and motors, and conversion of converting heating plant burners to cleaner, more efficient fuels);
  • asbestos removal, mould abatement and installation of emergency systems; and
  • ensuring existing facilities meet current building and safety codes.

Eligible Costs

The following project costs are eligible under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program:

  • capital costs of constructing or renovating tangible capital assets, as defined and determined according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in Canada;
  • costs to repair and maintain tangible capital assets, as defined and determined according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in Canada
  • costs of communication activities, project-related signage, lighting, project markings and utility adjustments;
  • costs of engineering and environmental reviews;
  • planning and assessment costs, including costs for environmental planning, surveying, remedial activities, engineering, architectural supervision, testing and management consulting services; and
  • recipient audit and evaluation costs.

1 For the purposes of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, "science and technology" and "research and development" include disciplines in the natural sciences (the study of nature); the social sciences, humanities and health sciences (the study of human beings); and engineering (the creation and study of artefacts and systems). (Return to text)