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Milton Education Village

The Vision


Lecture Series

Key Events


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The Vision

The Town of Milton is actively engaged in a project called the Milton Education Village (MEV), with the goal of bringing a university campus to Milton. Establishing post-secondary education in Milton is a priority approved in the Destiny Milton strategic plan.

The MEV will be a comprehensively planned, 400-acre integrated neighbourhood that will include a number of key features:

MEV feature:Progress to Date
  • A university campus (between 10,000 and 15,000 students)

The Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in place with the intent of establishing a university campus on a 150-acre site within the MEV. The MOU was established in 2008, was most recently renewed in 2014, and enables both parties to work together to resolve land-planning issues and to pursue possible sources of funding.

  • Innovation Centre

The Milton Education Village Innovation Centre is a local initiative dedicated to enabling an entrepreneurial culture for business start-up, incubation, intersection for innovation, 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.

Like a 'base camp' for much bigger things to come, the Town and its partners are currently building a transitional space for the innovation centre at 555 Industrial Drive as an early experience to the MEV.

Visit MEVInnovationCentre.ca for more information.

Milton Education Village Innovation Centre

  • Integrated transit hub

The Milton Transit Master Plan provides recommendations for Milton's local transit service for the next five years. The document also provides a vision for the next 10 years, specifically to how enhanced service levels will serve the Milton Education Village.

For more information, visit the Transit Master Plan web page.

  • Student housing and residential developments
 More information to come.
  • Commercial supporting services
 More information to come.

The Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome) opened to the public in early 2015 and was the host venue for track cycling events as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The facility will be a prominent feature located within the Milton Education Village, and will be adjacent to the planned Laurier Milton campus, allowing for synergies within the facility and the university campus.

Velodrome - cycling track


The 400-acre MEV site is located south of Derry Road, west of Tremaine Road and north of Britannia Road, adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment.

Urban Phases Map

Laurier Milton Lecture Series

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 Milton Public Library.

Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month, October to May, at the Milton Centre for the Arts. Admission is free.

For more information and to register, visit the Laurier Milton Lecture Series web page.

Chronology of Key Events 

July 2015

Milton Council directed staff to work with Wilfrid Laurier University to establish a Laurier in Milton Campaign of distinguished partners interested in aggressively promoting the Milton/Laurier proposal to the Government of Ontario. It is anticipated that a new call for proposals for Halton and Peel will take place in 2016.

This direction followed the announcement in May 2015 from Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, that the City of Markham's proposal for a combined York University/Seneca College campus was the sole proposal to be accepted by the ministry's capital expansion process.

March 2013

Laurier calls on the Government of Ontario to approve a Laurier campus in the Town of Milton

In March 2013, Wilfrid Laurier University released its 2013 pre-budget submission to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

The campus proposal notes that universities are a key element of the infrastructure needed for a growing community to thrive and prosper economically, socially and culturally. University campuses help diversify economies and build communities, and foster enterprise and opportunity.

October 2012Laurier made a submission to the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to commence the process of developing a Strategic Mandate Agreement. In the submission, Laurier articulated to the Ministry that as part of its "Institutional Vision, Proposed Mandate Statement and Priority Objectives," a new Milton Campus is a high priority.
September 2012 MEV Secondary Plan's initial public open house and presentation provided an opportunity for members of the public to discuss with Planning staff, the study process and initial results of the background studies relating to the Milton Education Village Secondary Plan. 
February 2012 

MEV Secondary Plan Study commences. 

January 2011 

Milton Education Village Partnership Program was signed between key players in the implementation of the MEV. This included an invitation to Sheridan College to become a partner in the MEV. 

December 2010 Town secured ownership of campus lands; to be transferred to Laurier when funding is secured.
June 2010 Boyne Survey Secondary Plan approved by Milton Town Council. The Boyne Survey Area is the third major residential phase in Milton and is located adjacent to the Milton Education Village site. 
April 2010 Education Village Charette Summary Report released at public open house. 
November 2009 In an effort to become more engaged in the Milton community, Laurier developed the Laurier Milton Lecture Series in partnership with the Town of Milton and Milton Public Library. The series consists of a free monthly presentation by a member of Laurier's staff/faculty on topics of varying interest.   
October 2009Design Charette exercise was completed with key stakeholders, Town, Laurier representatives to create a vision for area. 
June 2009 Halton Region approved the 400-acre designation for the Milton Education Village university campus, a research park, residential development and other campus uses. 
April 2009 Town of Milton, with support of community partners, created "Laurier in Milton" e-Book to advocate for provincial funding. 
Spring 2009 Town of Milton completed an Environmental Inventory and Assessment. 
September 2008 Wilfrid Laurier University submitted a proposal for funding in response to the provincial government's request for information and proposals regarding long-term capital planning 
March 2008 Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intent of creating a 150-acre campus in Milton. 

Background Information


Staff Reports


Contact Us

Economic Development
Town of Milton
150 Mary Street
Milton, ON L9T 6Z5

Phone: 905-878-7252
TTY: 905-878-1657 Fax: 905-878-5927

Map: Milton Town Hall
Email: Economic Development