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Feb. 14, 2017

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The Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors has approved two motions that support the university’s efforts to explore the establishment of a postsecondary site in Milton.

The first motion authorizes the university to submit a proposal to the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in response to the province’s Request for Expressions of Interest Education (REOI) for Expanding Access to Postsecondary in Milton.

The second motion approves a one-year extension to the university’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Milton. The MOU, originally signed in 2008 with two subsequent renewals, confirms the partnership between the Town and Laurier to explore the expansion of Laurier into Milton.

Both motions were approved at a meeting of the Board of Governors on Feb. 8.

“These motions strengthen our ability to explore all aspects of a possible Laurier site in Milton and to bring that information back to the university’s governing bodies for further consideration,” said Deborah Dubenofsky, vice-president: finance and operations.

In January, the Ontario government issued guidelines and templates for an REOI for the expansion of postsecondary education in both Milton and in Brampton. Submissions are due Mar. 6, 2017. After evaluating the REOI submissions, the ministry intends to invite select institutions to further develop their proposals through an Invitational Call for Proposals, which will be released in May 2017.

The university has reviewed the specific requirements of the REOI process in context of our long-standing partnership with the Town of Milton to establish a university presence there to serve the western GTA. To ensure comprehensive institutional interests are considered, the university provided an update on the REOI process to the Senate at its meeting Feb. 2 and to the Board of Governors at its meeting Feb. 8.

These steps are part of ongoing opportunities for our governing bodies and the wider Laurier community to discuss potential expansion in Milton.


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