Brampton’s Civic Centre to be home to the first new medical school in the Greater Toronto Area in over a hundred years.
January 27, 2023 – In a historic move, the City of Brampton, the Government of Ontario, and Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) announced that the Bramalea Civic Centre will be home to the new Toronto Metropolitan University School of Medicine.
The location, at 150 Central Park Drive in Brampton, was chosen for its proximity to both the Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial Hospitals as well as its accessibility to municipal transportation, GO transit, and highway systems.
The City of Brampton will invest $20 million of funding to support building renovations required for the programing and operations of the School of Medicine.
The TMU School of Medicine marks the first new medical school in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in over a hundred years and will make Brampton the home of a community-centric medical school focused on inclusivity, innovation, and primary care. The school will require 250,000 square feet for classrooms, offices, research facilities, and an integrated health clinic.
“We are committed to creating a school of medicine to meet the diverse needs of the Brampton and Peel Region community and today, with a location secured, we are one step closer“, commented TMU’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi.
The establishment of a medical school in Brampton has been a significant part of the City’s ongoing advocacy work. In 2021, Brampton City Council voted in favor of a $1 million planning grant to help fund a future School of Medicine in the city, matching the funding invested by the Province of Ontario earlier that year. In March 2022, the Government of Ontario announced its plans for expanding medical school education to build a stronger, more resilient healthcare system, including adding 80 undergraduate seats and 95 postgraduate positions for the TMU University School of Medicine in Brampton when it opens in 2025.
“Today is a momentous day for Brampton as we announce the Civic Centre being home to the first medical school in the GTA in over a hundred years!” said Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton. “Through the creation of the Brampton School of Medicine, we are building a healthcare system that fosters local talent and creates economic growth in the medical sector. This school and the City’s second hospital being built at Peel Memorial will help address the healthcare emergency in Brampton and ensures the next generation of healthcare practitioners can train locally right here in the city.”
Today is a momentous day for Brampton as we announce the Civic Centre being home to the first medical school in the GTA in over a hundred years!Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton
The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, also congratulated the partners on this next step. “As our government makes historic investments to build and expand our health care infrastructure, TMU’s new school of medicine will help to ensure that we have the doctors in place — in Brampton, in Peel Region, and throughout the province — so that Ontarians get the quality care they need, when and where they need it.”
A shared vision for a School of Medicine in Brampton builds on existing partnerships between the University and the City of Brampton, including the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and the Brampton Venture Zone.
To learn more about the School of Medicine, visit www.torontomu.ca/school-of-medicine/