Looking over renderings of the planned Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research building at Georgian College’s Owen Sound Campus are, from left, W. R. (Bill) Van Wyck, Past Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; Board Chair Chris Gariepy; Larry Miller, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound; and Ann Hoggarth, MP Barrie. Miller and Hoggarth announced at a news conference in Owen Sound on Tuesday, June 23 that the federal and provincial governments will each contribute $1.96 million.
Ottawa, Ontario – The Chamber of Marine Commerce is congratulating one of its members, Georgian College, on securing federal and provincial government funding of $3.92 million for a new Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training and Research Centre in Owen Sound.
Mandatory for everyone working aboard a ship, the facility will provide training in firefighting, survival craft, life raft and immersion suit training, as well as first aid. Without this facility, the closest English-language institution offering MED training is currently in Prince Edward Island.
“This is great news for Georgian College and for marine shipping, particularly in the Great Lakes region,” says Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.
“MED training is critical to the education of Great Lakes mariners, many of which live in Ontario. With this new facility, students and crew will now be able to access marine training in their own province. We need to make it as easy as possible for young people to join the marine industry, and for existing crew to refresh important safety skills, to ensure we have a future workforce. This funding goes a long way to achieving those goals and bodes well for the future of Great Lakes shipping.”
Last year the Chamber of Marine Commerce worked with MP Larry Miller and Georgian College to organize a tour of Georgian’s Great Lakes Marine Training Centre for industry executives, federal and provincial legislators to showcase Georgian’s training program in Owen Sound and to highlight the importance of building the new MED centre.