Ontario is investing $27 million to support the expansion and modernization of the OCAD University campus along McCaul and Duncan streets in downtown Toronto.
The province’s investment towards OCAD University’s Creative City Campus project will allow for:
- Expansion and refurbishment of studio spaces and fabrication technology at 100 McCaul St., including the historic George Reid House, facing Grange Park
- Construction of collaborative learning spaces in the Sharp Centre for Design
- Creation of new shared student spaces, including the Grange Park Room, Student Commons and Indigenous Visual Culture Centre
- Revitalization and expansion of the Art and Design Library for the Future
- Development of a Centre for Experiential Learning, located at 115 McCaul St.
The new and refurbished state-of-the art classrooms, seminar and studio spaces will incorporate the latest in learning technology, improve accessibility and increase collaborative and experiential learning spaces for students. “This investment is a vote of confidence in OCAD University’s role as a leader in developing talent for the creative industries, and it reaffirms the tremendous social, cultural, economic, and city-building impact of the institution,” OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor Sara Diamond said. In total, this project will add 55,000 square feet of new space and upgrade 94,700 square feet of existing space to strengthen OCAD University’s status as one of North America’s leaders in art and design education.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals, including OCAD University’s Creative City Campus project. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
The project is expected to be finished by the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.