A new Ryerson University campus is set to rise in Brampton, in partnership with Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology. The site will be located at the southeast corner of Church Street West and Mill Street North in Brampton, adjacent to the downtown GO station. This marks the first time that Ryerson University has expanded academic programming outside of downtown Toronto.
The Government of Ontario is investing $90 million in the construction of new campus, plus the cost of land purchase. Brampton City Council has committed up to $150 million towards the construction of the new downtown university campus.
The university will focus its programming on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Students will also have access to experiential learning opportunities, such as co-operative education, internship programs and case studies. The campus will also be home to a Centre for Education, Innovation and Collaboration; an Innovation Hub, which will connect students with external organizations in the region; and a National Centre for Cybersecurity.
“In expanding to Brampton, Ryerson University will provide much-needed university programs to students in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse communities in Canada,” said Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University, in a press release. “We are looking forward to working with Sheridan to provide students in the region with innovative academic programs that offer the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to succeed and thrive in the modern economy.”
The campus is expected to be open to students in September 2022. Plans call for this campus to accommodate up to 2,000 new undergraduate spaces within five to 10 years.