Ontario is taking the next steps in its expansion of postsecondary education in Brampton and Milton, by helping create two new university sites and supporting new learning options for students and their families.
The province is releasing a Request for Expressions of Interest, inviting universities to develop innovative proposals for the two sites. “Our government is investing in postsecondary infrastructure by supporting the creation of two new university-led postsecondary sites in the rapidly expanding communities of Brampton and Milton,” Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews said.
The government expects Ontario universities to demonstrate strong partnerships with colleges, as well as local communities, business, and other institutions.
The schools will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). These new university sites will help to develop Ontario’s highly skilled workforce by increasing experiential learning opportunities, and assisting students to acquire the skills they need to thrive in the knowledge economy, and encouraging partnerships in high-demand fields.
These new sites mark the second phase of Ontario’s major expansion of postsecondary infrastructure. In May 2015, Ontario announced the creation of the York University’s Markham Centre campus in partnership with Seneca College.
Milton’s campus location will be part of a larger 400 acre Milton Education Village (M.E.V.) located at the southwest corner of Tremaine Rd, and Derry. “This is great news for Milton, and a project I fought very hard for since becoming MPP for Halton,” said Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris in a Facebook post. The complex will include a research park, 150 acre campus, and a transit hub. Milton was announced as a potential campus location last October. Wilfrid Laurier University has been working with the Town on establishing a campus.