Eco­nomic spinoffs from cam­pus in moosonee

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS -

Nes­tled on the moose river, just 19 miles south of James bay, the Town of moosonee is home to North­ern col­lege’s north­ern­most cam­pus.

as col­lege cam­puses go, the moosonee cam­pus is small in size but has a pro­found im­pact. in meet­ing the post-se­condary train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion needs of area res­i­dents, the cam­pus serves res­i­dents from moosonee, moose Fac­tory is­land and the First Na­tion com­mu­ni­ties along the West­ern coast of James bay and hud­son bay.

a re­cent eco­nomic im­pact study com­pleted by United states based emsi, an eco­nomic mod­el­ling com­pany con­cluded that the moosonee cam­pus’ con­tri­bu­tion to the gross re­gional prod­uct (GrP) sup­ported 91 jobs through­out the re­gion, 36 of which are full-time equiv­a­lent em­ploy­ees at ei­ther the moosonee cam­pus, or at one of its four learn­ing cen­tres in at­tawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort al­bany or moose Fac­tory.

re­sults be­ing re­leased to­day, re­veal that North­ern col­lege’s moosonee cam­pus had an eco­nomic im­pact of $6.5 mil­lion in the 2016-2017 ref­er­ence year through­out the re­gion.

yet, de­spite serv­ing a de­cid­edly small mar­ket, the eco­nomic im­pact was sub­stan­tial and can be at­trib­uted to the col­lege cam­pus’s ex­cel­lent post-se­condary pro­grams and to the sig­nif­i­cant ac­tiv­ity it en­gages in with in­dus­try, pro­vid­ing cus­tom­ized train­ing pro­grams to the re­gion.

“The cam­pus prin­ci­pally serves a lo­cal stu­dent mar­ket, many of whom are first gen­er­a­tion learn­ers – the first mem­ber of their fam­ily to at­tend a col­lege or univer­sity,” said diane ry­der, cam­pus man­ager of the moosonee cam­pus. “indige­nous peo­ple are the fastest­grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in canada, so the moosonee cam­pus will be­come in­creas­ingly strate­gic to serv­ing the train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion needs of adult learn­ers,”

Pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­tions to po­ten­tial learn­ers in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties plays an in­te­gral role in North­ern col­lege’s man­date.

“Our moosonee cam­pus plays a vi­tal role along the James bay coast in pro­vid­ing ac­cess to train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion rang­ing from lit­er­acy and ba­sic skills devel­op­ment through to post-se­condary pro­grams,” said Fred Gib­bons, pres­i­dent and ceO. “Work­ing in part­ner­ship with the lead­er­ship in the re­gion’s com­mu­ni­ties is what has made the cam­pus such an im­por­tant as­set to the re­gion.”

Us­ing a two-pronged ap­proach that in­volves an eco­nomic im­pact anal­y­sis and an in­vest­ment anal­y­sis, United states based emsi cal­cu­lated the ben­e­fits re­ceived by each of th­ese groups dur­ing the ref­er­ence year 2016-2017, the year for which com­plete fi­nan­cial data was avail­able. The study was con­ducted in the first quar­ter of 2018.

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