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Federal funding provided over the next three years for infrastructure projects at universities and colleges in Canada.

Infrastructure expansion at Newnham Campus

Funding announced to build Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

The CITE building at Newnham Campus is slated to open in September 2018 and will be a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.

THE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL governments have announced $27.3 million in funding to build Seneca’s Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) at Newnham Campus.

In early September, President David Agnew was joined by Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development for the announcement.

“This is going to be very much a community-facing facility,” said President Agnew. “Our doors will be open to small and medium-sized businesses. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to reach out to our community.”

Scheduled to open in September 2018, CITE will be a hub for Seneca’s innovation and entrepreneurial activities as well as an expanded location for the mechatronics program and mechanical engineering technology programs currently at Jane Campus.

It will also be the new home for the Office of Applied Research and Innovation, which now includes Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship incubator HELIX.

The building will face Finch Avenue and includes an innovation gallery that incorporates Indigenous design. The project is being funded by the federal and provincial governments and Seneca under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

It is also endorsed by Seneca’s Aboriginal Education Council and a number of partners, including the City of Toronto, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Siemens Canada, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Umbra and ventureLAB.

“Our goal is to make every Canadian innovation-ready, ready to spot the opportunities, to imagine possibilities and to discover new ideas,” said Parliamentary Secretary Fergus. “CITE is an innovation facility that will bring applied research and commercialization, specialized training and business incubation and acceleration activities under one roof.”

Learn more about applied research at Seneca:


  1. Provide capacity to develop businesses that advance Canada’s economic development and global competitiveness.
  2. Help Seneca develop specialized, cross-disciplinary training aligned with industry needs.
  3. Increase opportunities for local and regional businesses to benefit from Seneca’s applied research initiatives.

10 RED 2016