Laurier in Milton

Laurier will Call Milton Home in 2024!

Wilfrid Laurier University is excited to extend the university's high-quality academic and student experience along the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor to the fast-growing community of Milton – giving students from the Halton Region the chance to study close to home.

As a multi-campus, multi-community university, Laurier is known for offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of Laurier’s strong community culture that binds us together.



Evolving over multiple phases, Laurier’s new campus represents a milestone in Laurier’s strategic multi-campus growth. Located on land provided by the Town of Milton, the campus will be part of a comprehensively planned Milton Education Village in west Milton, encompassing land alongside the Niagara Escarpment. With plans for postsecondary education along with residential, commercial and recreational uses, this future community is the perfect site for a growing campus.

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Focusing on Planetary Health

Students in the Halton region will soon experience Laurier’s sense of community, along with programming, research and experiential learning in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) under a planetary health umbrella. This focus is especially suited to the Milton campus, which will be adjacent to Greenbelt lands and the Niagara Escarpment and connect with the neighbouring urban environment.

Studying with a planetary health lens will bring students beyond looking at individual aspects of human and environmental health to looking at the intersection between the two. This unique academic environment will foster new developments in clean and green technology, sustainable development and more through academic programming, a living lab, knowledge mobilization and commercialization of planetary health solutions.

2024
year the first building is set to open
103
acres donated by the Town of Milton: 33 developable and 70 of undeveloped greenbelt land
10+
programs with a STEAM and planetary health focus

Partnerships and Economic Benefits

Building on strengths developed in Waterloo and Brantford, Laurier will develop and deliver our Milton programming with a problem-based, future-focused approach to learning that integrates disciplines, partners with community and industry for co-op and work-integrated learning and provides market-ready research.

The Province of Ontario announced its approval for a new Laurier Milton campus June 17, 2021, demonstrating confidence in Laurier’s academic excellence, community-building and the strength of our partnerships with the Town of Milton, Conestoga College and other community partners.

With partnership as a pillar of our development, the campus and its programs will be a significant element of a Milton hub for sustainable, eco-focused innovation and entrepreneurship and will provide short- and long-term economic benefits for the Town and the Province of Ontario through community and industry partnerships.

This milestone represents the evolution of Laurier’s powerful multi-campus identity where each of our locations offer distinct programming and cultures that complement each other and work together to create the overall thriving community that makes Laurier unique.

Master of Education

Laurier is offering its Master of Education program at the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. The part-time program features a blended approach with both evening classes and online components to accommodate those working full-time and allowing students to complete the program in as little as two years. Students can expect an exceptional learning experience – small classes are led by award-winning faculty and leaders in their field who facilitate meaningful dialogue, curriculum connections and student engagement.

Future Academic Programs

Once Laurier’s campus is established, students will be able to choose from programs with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and planetary health focus, under an overall sustainability theme.

Proposed program offerings are subject to internal and external approval processes. Further details about program availability and application dates will be posted once confirmed.

Proposed programs include:

  • Software Engineering
  • Environmental/Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Climate Change Management

Existing Laurier Programming in Milton

Laurier Milton Lecture Series

The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of important topics. Presentations represent the current research and analysis of members of different faculties, departments and programs at Laurier.

Faculty of Social Work Professional Development

Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work Professional Development program offers non-credit certificate programs and workshops through the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. All of the workshops are led by highly qualified instructors who bring their practical experience in the field into the classroom.

  • Counselling Techniques is a certificate designed to help clinicians build a therapeutic toolbox to address the needs of most clients.
  • Counselling Skills for Mental Health is a unique certificate that provides non-clinicians with knowledge and skills to support employees, colleagues, students, clients, and other who are facing mental health and wellness challenges.
  • Dare to Lead™, based on the work of researcher Brené Brown, are workshops that encourage participants to explore what it means to live and work courageously. One workshop is for mental health professionals and one is for business professionals.