• Deputy Premier Deb Matthews Opens Call For Bids On Brampton University Campus

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    Deb Matthews Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development was the keynote speaker at the Board of Trade’s event ‘Brampton U: Shaping Success’ on January 17, 2017.

    Matthews announced the province's intent to open the call for expressions of interest to partner with Brampton and Milton’s future universities to a sold out crowd of Board of Trade members and community partners.

    The proposal process is expected to open on January 18, 2017, with more details to follow through the Ministry’s website.

     
    The open call is the first step to finding Brampton its future university partner. The Ministry of Advanced Education will then cull and shortlist appropriate proposals from universities in Ontario and internationally, with the intent to announce the official partner in Fall of 2017.


    Deputy Premier Matthews also discussed the role the business community will play in shaping the future university. Bringing businesses to the table will be especially important during the planning and implementation of Brampton’s latest university.
     
    “There is a gap between what educators say they’re doing and what businesses say they want. We can bridge that gap by working together,” says Matthews. “We are asking businesses to work with educators to create the graduates that they need, and to create experiential learning opportunities.”

    Currently there is a disconnect between employers and educators; new graduates often lack the skills that businesses need, making it challenging for them to fill positions. In the process of building the new university, bringing everyone to the table will play a crucial role in ensuring Ontario continues to provide a talented and capable workforce to fulfill the needs of employers.

     
    “As Brampton moves forward with the process of partnering and building a university, businesses can play an active role by being a part of the consultation process,” says Todd Letts, CEO. "As well as preparing to offer hands on learning opportunities through internships, co-ops, apprenticeships and similar programs.”
     
    Brampton's future university is expected to $374 million in gross economic output during construction and $220 million when operational. It will produce $122 million in labour income and $2 million in tax revenue per year.

    QUICK FACTS
    • Ontario will invest up to $180 million in the new postsecondary sites in Brampton and Milton.
    • Brampton and Milton are two of the fastest growing communities in Canada, located along Ontario’s Innovation SuperCorridor, where there are dense pockets of start-ups, research institutions and world-class talent.
    • Population growth over the next 20 years is expected to be concentrated in areas in and around the City of Toronto, including York, Peel and Halton Regions.
    • Currently, the combined 18-24 year old population of Halton/Peel is almost 200,000 and is anticipated to grow by almost 20 per cent by 2035.
    • Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
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