Here's Where Brampton's New University Will be Located
It’s true that Brampton is the second fastest growing city in Canada. With a population of almost 600,000, we’re also one of the youngest and most diverse cities across the country. Now, the province has released a major update on what’s happening with Brampton’s upcoming university in what it called a “historic” announcement.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women were in Brampton on Thursday morning to reveal what’s happening with Brampton’s new university.
We now know a location and how much the province will invest in the postsecondary institution.
Ryerson University and Sheridan College are partnering to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) focused institution at the south-east corner of Church Street West and Mill Street North in Brampton.
Malhi said on Thursday that the choice to locate in downtown Brampton is convenient for Brampton residents, good for businesses, builds momentum along the Ontario’s Innovation Corridor, and provides easy access to GO Transit.
“Let’s have talent learn here,” said Hunter. “Let’s have talent train here. Let’s have talent stay here.”
The province is investing $90 million in the the space, which will boast 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,” reads a recent release from the province.
The university will be a whopping $150 million investment from the city for a post-secondary facility and a community space for joint-use to support a university, business innovation and collaboration, community interaction and cultural growth, called the Brampton Centre for Education, Innovation and Collaboration (BCEIC).
“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,” says Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University.
“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.”
“Sheridan is exceptionally proud to partner with Ryerson University on this exciting venture,” says Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology.
“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.”
Brampton’s Mayor Linda Jeffrey called this a “once in a generation opportunity.”
According to Ryerson University, the campus has an anticipated academic start date of September, 2022. The downtown campus is set to enrol at least 2,000 students over the first five years.