Ontario Delivering New Postsecondary Campus in Brampton
Province Improving Access to Higher Education and Training for Students in Peel Region
Ontario will provide students with greater access to high-quality postsecondary education with a new postsecondary site in the growing Region of Peel.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Harinder Malhi, Minister of the Status of Women, announced today a new postsecondary site in Brampton to improve access to postsecondary education in one of the fastest growing communities in Canada.
Focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), programming will be delivered in partnership by Ryerson University and Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology. The new site will provide up to 2,000 new undergraduate spaces within five to 10 years.
Students enrolled at the new site will also have access to experiential learning opportunities — such as co-operative education, internship programs and case studies — to help them develop the skills they need to find and keep good jobs in the province's changing economy.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario will invest $90 million for the construction of a new postsecondary site in Brampton and will also support land purchase.
- The site for the new campus will be at the south-east corner of Church Street West and Mill Street North in Brampton.
- Peel is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and is located along Ontario’s Innovation SuperCorridor, home to dense pockets of start-ups, research institutions and world-class talent.
- Population growth over the next 20 years is expected to be concentrated 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.
- Ontario has invested $4.1 billion in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2003.
“As one of our fastest growing communities, Brampton is home to dynamic, innovative people with the talent and ambition to do great things. Government needs to support their potential in every way — with new roads and transit, better hospitals and schools, and access to a great education. The new postsecondary site in Brampton will unlock exciting new opportunities for people across Peel Region. Combined with free tuition for more than 235,000 students, it means more young people will be able to get ahead and pursue their dreams.”
“Ontario succeeds when we leverage the competitive advantage of our people. Expanding access to postsecondary education in one of the fastest growing areas of our province is crucial to that success. By delivering a high-quality postsecondary education and in-demand skills training close to home, we are preparing more students to find good jobs in the communities they already call home.”
“The growth of the Brampton community has resulted in recognition by our government that a postsecondary presence is valuable in our city. I’m so pleased that Brampton has found partners who are eager to expand their institutions and offer students local access to classes and experiential learning opportunities. There are many Brampton families who are excited by and will benefit from this prospect.”
“In expanding to Brampton, Ryerson University will provide much-needed university programs to students in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse communities in Canada. We are looking forward to working with Sheridan to provide students in the region with innovative academic programs and want to thank the province of Ontario, the city of Brampton, and Sheridan College for being such outstanding and supportive partners.”
Dr. Mohamed Lachemi
“Sheridan is exceptionally proud to partner with Ryerson University on this exciting venture. For 50 years, we’ve been proud to call Brampton home. Today marks the beginning of a new era. We’re building on Sheridan’s strength in teaching creative problem solving, the established track record of both of our institutions for incubating innovation, and our shared belief in the value of experiential learning. Together, we’ll provide even more opportunities for students to gain an education that’s highly relevant for the times.”
Dr. Mary Preece
“This is a once in a generation opportunity for Brampton, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions – Ryerson University and Sheridan College – on bringing a new campus and centre for innovation to downtown Brampton. Today’s exciting announcement marks the start of transformation for Brampton, and new opportunities for our residents. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan to make Brampton a destination for learning and innovation.”