Ontario Expands Access to Postsecondary Education in Milton and Brampton
Ontario is expanding access to postsecondary education in Milton and Brampton, and supporting students with new learning options in their communities.
Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced the province's plans to create new university-led postsecondary sites in both Brampton and 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 sites. 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.
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.
- Ontario will invest up to $180 million in the new postsecondary sites in Brampton and Milton.
- Brampton and Milton are two 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.
- Population growth over the next 20 years is expected to be concentrated in areas in and around the City of Toronto, including York, Peel and Halton Regions.
- Currently, the combined 18-24 year old population of Halton/Peel is almost 200,000 and is anticipated to grow by almost 20 per cent by 2035.
- Existing publicly-assisted postsecondary education institutions in the Peel and Halton regions include University of Toronto-Mississauga campus and Sheridan College, as well as other smaller campuses such as Algoma University- Brampton campus, McMaster Ron Joyce Centre, Cambrian College-Peel Centre and College Boreal-Peel Access Centre.
- Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
“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.”