Conversation around Brampton’s future university heats up this month as the province prepares to open a call for proposals for the new site.
In October, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa was in Brampton to announce $180 million in funding from the province for two new universities, one in Brampton and one in Milton.
Both university sites will have to focus on science, tech, engineering, arts, and math.
It is still too early to tell, but the conversation will likely turn to which post-secondary institution will choose to answer the proposal call and team up with the city, and where the university will go.
In the coming weeks, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the university will present recommendations on a possible site and a university partner.
University of Toronto and University of Guelph have already expressed interest in potential expansions into Brampton. But while discussions have taken place with potential partners, no formal partnerships have been announced in public sessions.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Training, Colleges, and Universities), is set to speak on January 17 on the economic impact the university will have on the community.
Matthews will likely shed some more light on the process of accepting proposals and what to expect moving forward.