The Town of Milton welcomes today’s announcement by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development that the Ontario government seeks expressions of interest to establish a new post-secondary campus in Milton.
Establishing post-secondary education in Milton is a priority highlighted in the Town’s Strategic Plan and for more than eight years, the Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University have been working together, with public and private-sector partners, to make this vision a reality. In 2014, the Town and Laurier extended their memorandum of understanding and secured an agreement to acquire 150-acres of land within the area known as the Milton Education Village.
The Milton Education Village will be a comprehensively planned, 400-acre integrated neighbourhood that will host a university campus, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, the MEV Innovation Centre, an integrated transit hub, student and residential housing along with retail and commercial services. The Milton Education Village will foster the opportunity for innovative partnerships, and is an economic investment in our community and region that will translate into knowledge-based employment opportunities and job growth.
“I am delighted to hear the government’s commitment to bring post-secondary education to Milton and Halton Region,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “This is a welcome next step in the process of making the Milton Education Village a reality for our community.”
The Town of Milton and Halton Region will continue to support Wilfrid Laurier through the process announced today, and is moving forward with land use planning activities for the Milton Education Village.