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Laurier closer to setting up new campus in Milton

Last Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 6:15 am EDT

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announces a plan to build a new university campus in Brampton on Oct. 26, 2016. FACEBOOK/The City of Brampton

Ontario has announced it will build new university campuses in Milton and Brampton as part of a larger plan to improve access to education in underserved areas of the province.

At the announcement in Milton on Wednesday, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews said the facilities will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

“Creating these sites will help residents of Milton and Brampton access top-notch post-secondary education within their communities and will help them develop the skills they’ll need,” she said.

Milton has already started working with Wilfrid Laurier University and public and private partners to move forward with the project. In 2014, Milton 150 acres of land valued at approximately $50 million to the university as part of its endorsement of Laurier’s plan.

“We are pleased that the Ontario government is moving forward with plans to bring post-secondary educational opportunities to an under-served area of the GTA,” said Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. “Milton is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada with a diverse and highly educated population. A university campus will strengthen and complement the Town’s vision of a diversified workforce to drive economic prosperity and meet the evolving needs of Ontario’s economy.”

The plan, which will cost the province up to $180 million, is the second phase of its major expansion in post-secondary education. In May 2015, Ontario announced the creation of the York University-Markham Centre in partnership with Seneca College.

Right now, Peel and Halton regions are home to the University of Toronto-Mississauga and Sheridan College, as well as the smaller campuses Algoma University-Brampton, McMaster Ron Joyce Centre, Cambrian College-Peel Centre and College Boreal-Peel Access Centre.