The University of Saskatchewan announced plans Thursday for a new campus in Prince Albert to serve northern Saskatchewan.
The university said it plans to purchase the Forest Centre building in the city’s downtown to house the future campus.
“The new campus in Prince Albert will enhance our ability to provide high-quality post-secondary education to Indigenous and northern communities and will serve as an anchor for the university’s emerging northern strategy,” President Peter Stoicheff said in a media release.
The two story 110,000 square foot facility will undergo an extensive renovation before its ready for the fall semester in 2020. The university will continue sharing the building with existing students.
The renovated space will include classrooms, offices, lab facilities and common gathering areas.
Stoicheff said the decision to add a new campus made sense.
He said enrolment numbers and conversations he has had with northern communities show there is a keen interest in more local post-secondary education options.
“Our students, faculty and staff will benefit from an investment that promotes quality educational programs and student support services,” said Stoicheff.