On September 25 Brampton City Council unanimously took a step towards establishing a university in Brampton.
These options city staff will pursue involve:
- Developing public-private partnerships to build and maintain the university and potential student housing
- Setting up advocacy efforts at the provincial and federal levels of government
- Establishing a business case and programming possibilities that reflect the demands of current and future employers
The city has expressed its commitment to long-term relationships with existing postsecondary education institutions including Ryerson University, Algoma University and Sheridan College, which all continually invest in the growth of Brampton.
The city seeks to incorporate the existing institutions into the process, and these relationships have already yielded the following:
- Establishment of Chang School for Continuing Education courses in the West Tower of Brampton City Hall
- Announcement of the Rogers Cyberspace Catalyst to operate out of City Hall
- Continued expansion of Algoma University’s physical footprint and expansion in programs being offered in downtown Brampton
- Building an agreement with Ryerson University for collaboration in the city’s co-working/incubator space downtown.
“Brampton is the most vibrant, dynamic, and fastest-growing community in Ontario,” says Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “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.”