It is back-to-school season and residents have been asking about the future of post-secondary education in Brampton. As the only big city in Canada without a comprehensive university, Brampton is at a disadvantage as our students have to commute to other parts of the GTA or live away during the school year. Our local economy also loses out on the innovation driven by academic institutions.
We have worked to include a broad range of high quality post-secondary learning and skills development offerings to build a strong and talented workforce. Despite the setback in the Fall of 2018 with the cancellation of a new campus for Ryerson University in Brampton, City Council continued to advocate for solutions that bring transformational benefits and economic opportunities to Brampton, including our own university.
Our plans and advocacy effort for post-secondary education are well aligned with the provincial direction and the aspirations of Brampton residents. Our goals focus on affordable post-secondary education that meets labour market needs today and into the future.
As City Council advocated for our own university, this helped build new partnerships and strengthened our relationship with Sheridan, Algoma University, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. The City is in negotiations with University of Guelph-Humber as the anchor tenant for the proposed Centre for Innovation and Library.