The Ontario government has invested $4.8 million in Sudbury's three post-secondary institutions and $20,000 into a new exhibit at Science North.
College Boreal will receive $974,045, Cambrian College will see $2.3 million and Laurentian University is getting $1.5 million to hire more teachers and purchase more learning resources.
The money comes from the provincial Quality Improvement Fund, which is investing $87.3 million in colleges and $124.2 million in universities in 2005-2006.
To qualify for the funding, colleges and universities must sign accountability agreements that spell out to the government the improvements to be made and results to be achieved.
"Our students are the most valuable asset we have for strengthening Ontario's economic advantage and ensuring our future prosperity," said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, in a news release.
"This new funding at College Boreal, Cambrian College and Laurentian University is providing students in Greater Sudbury with higher quality education and improvements that they are benefiting from immediately."
The MPP also announced $20,000 in funding for Science North's new Grassology exhibit. The exhibit uses animatronic characters, walk-through anatomical models and scientific tools to engage visitors with the science behind important bodily functions.
Science North CEO Jim Marchbank said he was pleased with the government funding for the exhibit.
"(The) announcement means we will be able to enhance our marketing efforts for Grassology and attract more visitors to Science North and Northern Ontario during the key spring and summer tourist season," said Marchbank.