A $45 million infrastructure investment at Western University is touted as creating jobs, expanding research and fostering innovation, by university officials.

The investment by provincial and federal governments was announced Friday by London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos.

The funding will support Western’s construction of the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building  and The Three C+ Innovation Centre.

The research building will be a central component of the strategic priorities in the areas of research, innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization, the university said.

The facility will be home to the Western's first multi-disciplinary  cluster of research excellence – the Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS), which will include the Brain & Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. 

In addition, the Three C+ Innovation Centre will foster innovation, discovery, and reflection – and the sharing of ideas between researchers and students and between engineering, business, and other disciplines.

"Our government knows that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to ensuring Ontarians have the skills and training necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This investment in Western University will help to foster the learning, collaboration and experience needed to build up Ontario’s highly skilled workforce and deliver on our government’s number one priority: to grow the economy and create jobs,” says Deputy Premier Deb Matthews.