Ontario is investing $90 million in a new postsecondary campus in Milton, one of Canada’s fastest growing communities. Milton is located along Ontario’s Innovation SuperCorridor, where there are dense pockets of start-ups, research institutions and world-class talent.
The site, delivered in partnership between Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College, will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) programming. Once it is completed in five to 10 years, it will provide up to 2,000 new undergraduate students with access to a postsecondary education.
“We appreciate the Government of Ontario’s investment in the Laurier-Conestoga partnership for Milton,” said John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in a press release. “We look forward to working with our academic, industry and government partners to deliver relevant, accessible, career-focused learning programs that support the needs of the community, contribute to personal and professional success, and contribute to economic growth for the region.”
A range of programs will be offered at the new site to prepare students for their future careers, including a variety of experiential learning opportunities, co-op placements and access to a ‘living laboratory’ on the Greenbelt/Niagara Escarpment. Laurier will also develop partnerships with the Milton Chamber of Commerce and its 700-plus members to offer students meaningful experiences in the local community.