Monday, March 19, 2018

Kemptville College goes municipal

North Grenville has a deal to buy most of the Kemptville College campus on March 28 and plans to turn it into an education and community hub.

It’s another chapter in government failures to maintain the college as an agricultural education centre for Eastern Ontario.

It was operated by the Ontario government which turned it over to the University of Guelph, along with similar colleges at Alfred and Ridgetown.

Then the University of Guelph shut down Kempville and Alfred. It continues to run Ridgetown.

Former federal agriculture minister Lyle Van Clief was asked to head an inquiry into what ought to be done with the facility and one of his recommendations was that it be turned over to the municipality.

The purchase includes the main buildings and 633 acres.

An agreement announced Wednesday between the municipality and the province will see the “majority” of the Kemptville campus transform into an “education and community hub that focuses on: education and training, health and wellness and economic development, emphasizing climate change resiliency and low-carbon innovation.”