The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By JACK FORD Staff Writer A Carleton University campus could be coming to Niagara Falls. Early this month, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati confirmed the Ottawa-based university had expressed an interest in expanding by opening a new campus worth $70 million. The cost would be equally split with the province, whose initiative prompted the outreach. It’s all part of a plan to expand 60,000 educational spaces in the province, one of those being Niagara Falls. Diodati outlined the city’s interest in this plan. “We want this to be a real true entrepreneurial village/educational hub. We want it to be using education to build jobs and we’re going to do that by attracting and nurturing entrepreneurs.” Diodati made a “cold call” to Carleton expressing interest in housing a new campus in the city’s downtown. Carleton included Niagara Falls as part of its letter of intent to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Part of Carleton’s plan is to expand to other municipalities, including Cornwall and a collaboration with George Brown College in Toronto and Algonquin College in Ottawa. Diodati is also on the lookout for other universities, saying, “We reached out to all the universities and we had conversations with a lot of them, and meetings with all of them.” Part of this move towards bringing Carleton to Niagara Falls is employment. Dolores Fabiano, executive director of the Welland/Pelham and Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, said the area is more than ready for an economic boost. “We think it could be very, very exciting,” said Fabiano. “I’m not sure what will be involved with that campus. But I believe quite often, there are opportunities for the students and the young people.” Fabiano spoke on the connection between the new campus and youth employment in Niagara Falls. “Youth employment is an issue everywhere. We certainly have the service industry that we’re lucky enough to have in Niagara Falls, but I think the campus could certainly be positive in youth employment as well.”