By Alanna Rizza
Ryerson University, in partnership with Sheridan College, has made a formal proposal to the Ontario government to expand its campus to the city of Brampton.
According to Jennifer Grass, Ryerson’s assistant vice-president university relations, the university’s proposal included an expression of interest to have an “educational and innovation hub” in Brampton.
“During the process of preparing this proposal, Ryerson discussed the matter with the city of Brampton,” Grass said. “The next step is for Ryerson to create a more detailed proposal to be prepared for government review.”
Ryerson and Sheridan’s proposal is the only request the provincial government received that expressed interest in creating a post-secondary presence in Brampton. Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with Conestoga College, put forward a proposal to expand to Milton.
“This is an opportunity for Ontario to model sites that are transformative and responsive to the changing needs of students and the global economy,” said Sean Greson, spokesperson for the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
He said the ministry encouraged proposals that focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programming as well as “creative projects that will provide students with learning opportunities geared to the knowledge economy.”
Greson said there will be an announcement about the proposals near the end of 2017.