The provincial and federal governments, together with the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Saint John campus, are investing $1 million to build a multi-research greenhouse at the university. Back, from left: Andrew Flewelling, UNB Saint John PhD student; and Don Darling, mayor of Saint John. Front, from left: Fundy Royal MP Alaina Lockhart; UNB Saint John vice-president Robert MacKinnon; Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty; Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long; and Brian Baxter, chair of UNB’s Board of Governors.

The provincial and federal governments, together with the University of New Brunswick, are investing $1 million to build a new multi-research greenhouse at UNB Saint John through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

UNB Saint John’s existing greenhouse has reached the end of its structural life, and the university has been studying options to renovate or replace it. Building a new multi-research greenhouse will allow UNB to conduct research to the benefit of students, researchers and industries such as aquaculture, healthcare. and pharmaceutical development.

A research leader in potential medicinal compounds in wild plants, UNB research is supporting the development of new plant-based medicines, including compounds that have the potential to cure life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

The funding was announced by the Hon. Ed Doherty, minister of Service New Brunswick and the minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and MLA for Saint John Harbour, on behalf of the Hon. Donald Arsenault, post-secondary education, training and labour minister; Wayne Long, member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay; Dr. Robert MacKinnon, UNB vice-president Saint John.

Of the $675,000 in funding being invested, $450,000 is federal and $225,000 is provincial. The university is responsible for the remaining $323,000.

Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, a program that will provide up to $2 billion over the next three years to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

This $1 million replacement project will allow the demolition of an outdated facility and eliminate significant levels in accumulated deferred maintenance and will improve the environmental footprint of the Saint John campus by reducing our energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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