Brampton may have to kiss its university dreams goodbye for the second time. The Ministry of Training & Colleges has announced that it will no longer fund the city’s downtown Ryerson campus.
A statement released by Merliee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities, says the decision has to do with the province’s deficit.
“We know that Ontario faces a $15 billion, about two and a half times the estimate provided by the previous administration. As a result, the ministry is no longer in the position to fund the following projects given the new fiscal restraints,” says the release.
The release goes on to list three anticipated post-secondary institutions that will no longer receive funding — Brampton’s Ryerson campus, Markham’s York University campus and Milton’s Wilfred Laurier campus.
The Wynne government had originally pledged $90 million to Brampton towards a university. Ryerson was to partner with Sheridan college to build a campus in the downtown core.
This funding will no longer be available, but it’s not clear whether this completely kills the project or whether Ryerson and Sheridan will continue the partnership and look for other sources of funding to continue the project.
Bramptonist will continue to provide updates as they become available.