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U of G’s former Kemptville campus finds new purpose

U of G’s former Kemptville campus finds new purpose

Site will continue to benefit Ontario’s agricultural community as hub for economic development


By Kaitlynn Anderson

Staff Reporter


The rural community in Eastern Ontario received some promising news yesterday regarding the future of the University of Guelph’s former Kemptville campus.

The provincial government has partnered with the municipality of North Grenville to convert the majority of the site into a community hub, according to yesterday’s government release.

Through the hub, members of the community will be able to access services related to:

-        Education and training

-        Health and wellness

-        Economic development

Specifically, the economic aspect of the hub will focus on “climate change resiliency and low carbon innovation,” according to the release.

This development will allow the property, which Is located on an approximately 633-acre parcel of land, to continue to benefit the community – including those in the agricultural industry.

“By working together, we are ensuring that the Kemptville site continues to be a positive economic asset,” Jeff Leal, Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, said in the release.

“The … campus played a pivotal role for agriculture in Eastern Ontario for the past 100 years. Its transformation … positions it to play an equally relevant and innovative role over the next century.” has reached out to the municipality of North Grenville for comment. 

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