By Jake MacAndrew and Gabriela Silva Ponte
Bramalea Civic Centre in Brampton, Ont. will be the home of Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) new school of medicine, the school announced in a press release sent to The Eyeopener.
The school announced the new location at a press conference Friday which featured Lachemi and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
“The new medical school will strengthen the healthcare system in Brampton,” said Lachemi.
Bramalea Civic Centre, built in 1969, is the former Brampton City Hall and location of the Brampton Public Library.
Lachemi added that the medical school will offer healthcare to between 20,000 and 50,000 residents who do not currently have it.
“We want doctors from Ontario, trained in Ontario, serving the people of Ontario,” said Ford.
In the press release, the university said the location was chosen due to the proximity to Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial Hospitals.
The centre is also close to municipal and GO transportation, as well as highway systems, the release stated.
The city of Brampton will invest $20 million in funding for the renovations of the 250,000 square feet of classrooms, research facilities and health clinic, according to the university.
As previously reported by The Eyeopener, the school of medicine is set to open in the fall of 2025.
It will host 80 undergraduate students along with 95 postgraduate students.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated President Mohamed Lachemi was the one to announce the location of the school of medicine. The Eye regrets this error.