The Ontario government has announced final approval for Wilfrid Laurier University to establish a new postsecondary site in the Town of Milton in partnership with Conestoga College. This is very exciting news for Laurier, Conestoga and Milton. Since 2008, Laurier has worked closely with the Town of Milton to bring postsecondary education to this fast-growing community on the west side of Halton Region. Provincial approval, announced on April 18, 2018, allows Laurier, Conestoga and the Town of Milton to proceed with a shared vision for creating an innovative and highly integrated live-work-play education village adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment.
The Milton Education Village (MEV) will be developed on a 400-acre site adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. At the heart of the MEV is a 150-acre parcel of land dedicated to higher education, research and innovation. This parcel, consisting of 50 developable acres and 100 acres of protected greenbelt lands and valued at $50 million, was donated to Laurier by the Town of Milton to help facilitate the creation of a postsecondary site in the community.
In fall 2017, the university’s Board of Governors endorsed the Laurier Milton proposal, and the university Senate approved a Milton Academic Plan in principle. This academic plan aligns with the province’s desire to offer programming with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Laurier plans to enrol its first students in September 2019 in existing leased space in Milton. The Ontario government has committed $90 million in capital funding to help Laurier erect a new building on the MEV site. This building is projected to open for the 2021/22 academic year, ultimately serving over 2,000 students.
Much planning has already been done to lay the groundwork for a successful Laurier site in Milton. We are excited to build on this foundation in the coming months as we work to turn this dream into a reality. As developments progress, we will share updates on this site.
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Ontario government issues guidelines for Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI)
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The Premier's Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel (Conway report)
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