Ontario Expands Access to Postsecondary Education in Milton and Brampton
Province Supporting Students with New Options Closer to Home
Ontario is expanding access to postsecondary education in Milton, and supporting students with new learning options in their community.
Today Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton were joined by Mayor Gordon Krantz at Milton Town Hall, to announce the province’s plans to create a new university-led postsecondary site in Milton focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
The government will launch a call for proposals in January 2017, and Ontario universities will be encouraged to work in partnership with local communities, business, and other institutions to develop innovative proposals for the new site. More access to postsecondary education, closer to home, will help develop Ontario’s highly skilled workforce by increasing experiential learning opportunities, helping students acquire the talent and skills for the knowledge economy, and encouraging partnerships in high-demand fields.
The government also intends to receive proposals for the creation of a postsecondary site in the Brampton area. This plan is the second phase of Ontario’s major expansion in postsecondary infrastructure. In May 2015, Ontario announced the creation of the York University – Markham Centre campus in partnership with Seneca College. Investing in postsecondary education is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“In order to meet the needs of both the rapidly growing communities of Brampton and Milton and the changing needs of our economy, our government is proudly supporting the creation of two new university-led postsecondary sites focussed on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Creating these sites will help residents of Milton and Brampton access top-notch postsecondary education within their communities and will help them develop the skills they’ll need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
–Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
“Today’s announcement is historic news for students, families, and all of Halton. As one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, Milton is located in the Innovation SuperCorridor, a hub of cutting edge research and development. This new post-secondary site offering dynamic and flexible education means more of our students can study right here in our community. And Milton and Halton region will continue to be an innovation powerhouse for years to come.”
–Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP, Halton
“I am delighted to hear the government’s commitment to bring post-secondary education to Milton and Halton Region. This is a welcome next step in the process of making the Milton Education Village a reality for our community.”
–Gordon Krantz, Mayor of Milton
In addition to the Milton postsecondary site, Ontario will also be creating a site in Brampton.
Ontario will invest up to $180 million in the new postsecondary sites in Brampton and Milton.
Milton is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, located along Ontario’s Innovation SuperCorridor, where there are dense pockets of start-ups, research institutions and world-class talent.
Milton’s current population is 84,400, and is projected to continue to grow to 228,000 by 2031.
Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.