Media Release

Brampton exploring additional options for postsecondary education

Wednesday, Sep 25 2019

BRAMPTON, ON (September 25, 2019) – In line with the Term of Council Priorities, the City of Brampton is continuing to pursue options for the establishment of a university in Brampton. Today, Brampton City Council unanimously took another step in seeking solutions to increased postsecondary education offerings in Brampton.

City staff will explore options for establishing a Brampton University, including the following:
• Public-private partnerships to develop, build and maintain buildings that would house a Brampton University and potential student housing
• Advocacy efforts at the Provincial and Federal levels of government to obtain support for a Brampton University
• Establish a business case and programming possibilities that reflect the demands of current and future employers

The City remains committed to building long-term relationships with existing postsecondary partners, including Ryerson University, Algoma University and Sheridan College. These are all recognized and well-respected institutions that are continually investing and growing in Brampton, bringing new program options for residents. Progress on these relationships have led to key successes, including:
• Establishment of Chang School for Continuing Education courses in City Hall’s West Tower
• Announcement of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst – to operate out of City Hall
• Continued expansion of Algoma University’s physical footprint and program offering in downtown Brampton
• Working towards an agreement with Ryerson University for collaboration in the City’s co-working/incubator space downtown


Quotes

“The Province is prepared to listen and support new postsecondary models that are accountable, prioritize students, and focus on training for jobs that employers need filled. We will work with all qualified parties to bring more postsecondary options to Brampton that meet the needs of our residents, students, businesses and community, helping to create a City of Opportunities.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton

“Brampton is the most vibrant, dynamic, and fastest-growing community in Ontario. There is no better place in our beloved province to raise a family and pursue opportunities to get ahead. Education will continue to be a major driver of our city’s success in the future, and Brampton students are fortunate to have access to excellent opportunities to further their learning and advance their careers. I look forward to working with Parliamentary Assistant David Piccini and his team at the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities to continue thoughtful discussions with the City of Brampton on their university proposal.”
- Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Member of Provincial Parliament, Brampton South and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that students across the province have access to and receive a high-quality postsecondary education. Our Government has a mandate to restore respect for taxpayers and tax dollars, which includes ensuring all programs, are efficient, effective, and conducive to job creation. We look forward to working with Parliamentary Assistant David Piccini and reviewing the City of Brampton’s proposal and business case for a new University in the coming months.”
- Amarjot Sandhu, Member of Provincial Parliament, Brampton West

 

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Natalie Stogdill
Senior Advisor, Public Relations, City of Brampton
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