About the Program

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The Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), introduced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan was a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus plan to revitalize facilities at universities, cégeps and colleges across Canada.

The program invested in over 500 projects at post-secondary institutions from coast-to-coast-to coast. New buildings were constructed and existing facilities received needed upgrades. The investments improved the quality of research and development at universities, strengthened the ability of colleges and polytechnics to deliver advanced knowledge and skills training, established business incubators to support the transfer of new technologies from universities to the Canadian marketplace, improved the energy efficiency of Canada’s post-secondary institutions and addressed urgent deferred maintenance projects to allow institutions to continue to support education and research for years to come.

Distribution of projects in Canada

Who was responsible for the Program?

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program was overseen by the Minister of Industry in consultation with the Minister of State (Science and Technology). The day-to-day administration of the program was carried out by Industry Canada.

Why was the program created?

In response to a world-wide economic downturn, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program was created for the purpose of providing a significant, but temporary, economic stimulus. Through the acceleration of a large number of construction and renovation projects across the country, KIP’s goal was to help generate economic activity and create jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians as well as many others that support the construction industry. By making post-secondary institutions the recipient of its investments, the creation of the program was also seen as an opportunity to enhance research and training capacity at Canada’s universities and colleges. Furthermore, creation of the program could simultaneously help institutions address maintenance issues at facilities that were considered to be either at or near the end of their projected life cycles.

Who benefited from the Program?

By investing in the revitalization of post-secondary institutions in Canada, the Knowledge Infrastructure Program generated economic benefits and supported much-needed job creation in the short term. In particular, those infrastructure investments created and have maintained jobs for engineers, architects, trades people and technicians, and provided new opportunities for a wide range of firms that offer renovation services and the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

For many years to come, the new and improved facilities that resulted from the program’s investments will enhance research capacity, support the attraction of new students and provide a better educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow.

The Program also provides an important positive net impact on the environment. Through the many improvements to energy efficiency made at existing and new facilities across the country, the program provides ongoing benefits of reduced energy use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved waste management.