Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training and Research Centre
Innovation / Knowledge Workforce
On August 5, 2014, Grey County Council approved $2 million in funding, to be provided over 10 years, towards the development of a Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training and Research Centre at Georgian College in Owen Sound. The funding will be the largest commitment ever made by County Council towards postsecondary education in the area. The funding provided by Grey County makes up a significant part of the overall $7 million required to build the facility. Following the County's commitment to invest in the MED facility, on June 23, 2015, Bruce-Grey-Simcoe MP Larry Miller and Ann Hoggarth, MPP Barrie, announced that the federal and provincial governments will each contribute $1,960,259 towards this important project through the Small Communities Fund. This funding will be added to the $2 million pledged previously by Grey County council and anticipated donations from the marine industry.
Having the MED Centre in Owen Sound means Georgian cadets and industry employees will no longer have to travel out of the province for training, and Georgian can continue to build on and deliver its widely recognized marine programs. It is estimated visits by marine personnel could generate a substantial $5 million in spending in Owen Sound and the surrounding area each year.
The MED facility will be a strong compliment and critical component of the overall centre of excellence provided by the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre. Touted as the "best simulation facilities in the world," Georgian's marine training programs help raise the profile of the marine industry in Canada and the Great Lakes area by using cutting edge technology and tools to train the next generation of leaders for an industry that needs highly-skilled and highly-trained individuals to take on the challenges of increasingly high-tech careers in the modern marine industry. Georgian estimates that approximately 70% of the students who enter its marine programs graduate, besting the graduation rates for other technologically-driven fields of study.