U of T secures $10 million for high-containment lab renovation

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The University of Toronto (U of T) is set to revamp its Toronto High-Containment Facility (THCF) with $10 million from the Ontario government. The aim is to modernize the facility and bolster its capacity to handle emerging infectious diseases, marking a significant stride forward in the construction industry.

Construction has already started.

In 2022 U of T received $35 million in critical research infrastructure funding from the federal government to revitalize the THCF.,

The $10 million provincial funding supplements a previous investment of $35 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, aimed at expanding and revitalizing the THCF. Together, these investments aim to transform the facility into Canada’s largest academic high-containment research center, fostering collaborations between academia and industry to develop new vaccines and treatments.

The modernization project aligns with U of T’s broader initiatives, such as the Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium, aimed at driving innovative approaches to infectious diseases.

A revamped THCF will prioritize training, aiming to equip over 100 new professionals with industry-relevant skills over a five-year period, thereby strengthening Canada’s healthcare workforce.

As Canada’s premier high-containment facility, the THCF has already demonstrated its significance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its modernization promises to further elevate Canada’s preparedness for future health crises, positioning the nation as a leader in global health security efforts.

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