Algoma University’s Brampton campus has been steadily growing over the years, and now it’s poised for even bigger growth.
Late this past summer Brampton City Council approved a $7.3 million grant, to match Algoma’s $27 million investment to support the development of academic programming and facilities in Garden Square.
“We are excited to see Algoma University grow its programming in the heart of Brampton. This investment is consistent with our term of council priorities and Brampton 2040 Vision and moves us towards creating a City of Opportunities” says Mayor Patrick Brown.
Clare Barnett, Director of Economic Development and Culture, lauds the agreement for being “a great example of how we are leveraging partnerships with post-secondary institutions to establish an innovation ecosystem in the downtown, which in turn supports new jobs and economic growth.”
Phase two construction will facilitate the increase of student enrolment capacity to 1000 by the year 2023.
The investment will also help increase the number of degree and certificate programs being offered by Algoma University in Brampton. They plan to introduce programs in Computer Science, Psychology, and Community Economic and Social Development by 2023, as well as anticipated future programming offerings in Law and Justice and Social Work.
The expansion of Algoma University programming in Brampton has been identified as a key strategic priority by both the university’s Board of Governors and the Academic Senate to increase overall enrolment across all campuses to 3,000 students by 2023-24. Algoma’s main campus is located in Ste. Saint Marie.
Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University said, “this continues to be an exciting period for the City of Brampton and for Algoma University as we work together to expand post-secondary options for the citizens of Brampton.” About the investment, she said it “will increase our campus footprint and accelerate the University’s growth which will contribute to enhancing the vibrancy of the downtown and the retention of talent in the city.”
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