Northern College is asking for some funding for research projects to be considered for this year’s provincial budget. 24 schools across Ontario are asking for $30 million to lead projects that will focus on industrial and business challenges.

College President Fred Gibbons says investing in research partnerships between schools and business will only help strengthen the economy in Northern Ontario. Gibbons says it will provide opportunities for students to stay in the north, and will attract students provincially and internationally. He says it will also support competitiveness and job creation.