Advocacy Impact: Ontario announces Brampton University

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Last week, Finance Minister Charles Sousa visited Brampton to announce that Brampton, along with Milton, will be home to Ontario's next two post-secondary facilities.

The province has announced a $180 million funding commitment to be divided between Brampton and Milton to establish the two post-secondary institutions.

One of its five regional advocacy initiatives, recruiting a university in Brampton has been a priority for the Brampton Board of Trade since 2014. Jaipaul Massey-Singh, past-chair of the Board, serves as vice-chair of the city's Blue Ribbon Panel which is chaired by former Premier Bill Davis.

""This has been a major plank in the Board's advocacy portfolio on behalf of the business community. We know from thriving jurisdictions — be it Waterloo, Ottawa or Hamilton — that post-secondary institutions are major economic drivers. New ideas generate new business start-ups and a steady supply of skilled talent for local employers. A university in Brampton will encourage innovation and boost our regional economy," says Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade.

In its economic impact study prepared for the City of Brampton, consulting firm Urban Metrics estimated construction would add more than 1800 jobs, and ongoing operations would add more than 1500 jobs.

 Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, who also serves as Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development has accepted the Brampton Board of Trade's invitation to speak on January 17th of next year (watch bramptonbot.com later this week for event details). The Deputy Premier has been asked by the Board to provide more details with respect to funding and impact of Brampton's university on Ontario's economy. Minister Sousa advised last week that the official Call For Proposals to establish universities in Brampton and Milton will also be released in January.

The Economic Impact of a University In Brampton
 

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Click here to read the full report on economic impact by Urban Metrics Inc
 
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