Brampton taking action for successful university proposal
BRAMPTON, ON: On the heels of Minister of Finance Charles Sousa’s announcement of provincial
funding to bring a post-secondary institution to Brampton, the City has been working to plan out the
next steps in the process.
“Today Council re-affirmed their gratitude for the hard work of the Blue Ribbon Panel, and endorsed the
next steps City staff will be taking to ensure we have a university partner that meets the needs of our
residents and the business community while meeting all the criteria of the call for proposals,” said
Mayor Linda Jeffrey.
Staff presented the framework for the City’s plans at the Economic Development Committee today.
“We’ve identified a core team of highly qualified staff to focus on securing the right university partner for
Brampton,” said City Chief Administrative Officer, Harry Schlange. “Securing a university is a
foundational priority of our Strategic Plan. Brampton is one of the youngest, fastest growing, most
diverse cities in the country. Together with Council we will transform this city to be an innovative player
on the global stage.”
There are several main components to the City’s work plan.
Connecting existing relationships to a new university
Staff will connect with the Brampton business community to set the stage for a working relationship with
the future university – both in terms of accessing a future talent pool and also collaborating on
research, innovation and commercialization.
The City also has strong partnerships in place with post-secondary institutions already in Brampton,
namely Sheridan College and Algoma University. Staff will be working with these institutions to see how
these relationships can be built into plans for a new university in Brampton.
Clarifying government expectations and goals
Meetings are already being set up for the City to better understand the goals of the different levels of
government for a university in Brampton. While the full details of the Province’s expectations will not be
communicated until the call for proposal, staff will be meeting with Sean Conway, Chair of the
Province’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel. This Panel’s report, released in June of this year, is a
key document informing the Province’s decision-making in its university plans. The City will be reaching
out to gain a clearer understanding of the federal government’s direction and the roles of the Region
and local municipalities.
Securing a university partner
Through the Blue Ribbon Panel, the City has already connected with several universities, and now
anticipates enhanced conversations that reflect the Province’s preference in program focus and its
clear commitment to invest in Brampton.
Any further decisions about location and financial commitments can’t be made until a university partner
has been secured. More detailed options will be analyzed once the successful university has been
identified and its needs, and the details forthcoming in the Province’s call for proposals, have been
The government will launch a call for proposals in January 2017. Ontario universities will be
encouraged to work in partnership with local communities, businesses, and other institutions to develop
proposals for the new facilities.
The Province’s plan is to create new post-secondary facilities focused on science, technology,
engineering, arts and mathematics – skills important to current and future employers, and often
grouped together under the acronym STEAM.