- Town Hall
October 26, 2016: The Town of Milton welcomes today's announcement by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development that the Ontario government seeks expressions of interest to establish a new post-secondary campus in Milton.
"I am delighted to hear the government's commitment to bring post-secondary education to Milton and Halton Region," said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. "This is a welcome next step in the process of making the Milton Education Village a reality for our community."
The Town of Milton and Halton Region will continue to support Wilfrid Laurier through the process announced today, and is moving forward with land use planning activities for the Milton Education Village.
The Town of Milton is actively engaged in a strategic project called the Milton Education Village (MEV), a comprehensively planned, 400-acre integrated neighbourhood located within the boundaries of Derry Road, Tremaine Road, and Britannia Road, and adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. The MEV will include integrated transit, student housing, as well as residential, commercial and retail development.
The goal of the Milton Education Village is to bring a university campus to Milton, an investment in the talent and skills of current and future Milton residents that will translate into knowledge-based employment opportunities and job growth. The campus will occupy 150-acre site within the MEV next to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre to allow synergies between the campus and the facility.
The Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University established a memorandum of understanding in 2008 (renewed in 2014), with the intent of developing a university campus within the Milton Education Village.
The Town of Milton continues to work with Laurier on two key initiatives to create a presence for Wilfrid Laurier University in Milton.
The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides an opportunity for Laurier to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of topics. The series has been running annually since 2009 and is a collaboration between Laurier, the Town and the Milton Public Library. Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month, October to May, at the Milton Centre for the Arts.
The MEV Innovation Centre is an initiative ecosystem dedicated to enabling an entrepreneurial culture for business growth, start-ups, incubation, intersection for innovation, education and training. The vision for the Centre includes four core services and features: collaborative space, acceleration/incubation, business services, and education and training.
Though distinct in function, the MEV and the innovation centre are cooperative and supportive in community building for a higher purpose, working with Milton's strategic advantage to capture opportunities of regional, provincial, and national significance.