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.  “I am delighted to hear the government’s commitment to bring post-secondary education to Milton, and Halton Region,” Milton Mayor Gord Krantz said.

The Town of Milton has been working with Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) for eight years on a potential university campus.  The university campus will be part of a 400 acre complex known as the Milton Education Village.  It will include: a research park, transit hub, and residential housing as well as commercial and retail services.  It’s expected the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (velodrome) will serve as athletic facilities.  The campus would begin on the southwest corner of Derry Rd, and Tremaine.