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Laurier seeks provincial funding for a Milton campus

Posted on Tuesday April 02, 2013

News Release -

Wilfrid Laurier University released its 2013 pre-budget submission on April 1, 2013, calling for the Ontario government to approve a new Milton campus in its budget. The Laurier campus would be the centerpiece of the Milton Education Village (MEV) and would be fully integrated with the Milton Velodrome.

Since 2008, the Town of Milton has had a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Laurier to explore the possibility of establishing a university campus on a 150-acre site within the MEV. The MOU enables both parties to work together to resolve land-planning issues and to pursue possible sources of funding. The MEV will be a comprehensively planned, 400-acre integrated neighbourhood that will include the university campus, integrated business park opportunities with focus on innovation, student housing and residential developments, integrated transit hub, and the velodrome that will serve as a venue for the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.

"This is truly a story about partners working together to make something very special happen," said Town of Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. "With just one important piece of the puzzle missing, we support Laurier’s submission to the Province for approval of a Milton campus. We know Milton is the perfect place for a university campus, and there is no better time than the present."

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.

"A university campus will benefit Milton and the entire region in numerous ways," said Richard Bolton, President, Milton Chamber of Commerce and member of the Mayor’s Business Leadership Roundtable. "We will see a community transformed by the presence of a university, and a world of opportunities open up for business and entrepreneurship thanks to synergies in the Milton Education Village and access to the knowledge economy."

Laurier is one of Canada’s fastest-growing universities with a reputation for student success and community engagement. Investment in a Laurier Milton campus will support the expansion of post-secondary education where the demand is greatest.

"Milton is growing like no other community in Canada," said Laurier President & Vice-Chancellor, Max Blouw. "Young families are choosing Milton with the full expectation that their children will have access to excellent, innovative and affordable post-secondary education close to home."

For more information on the Milton Education Village, visit our website, www.milton.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Bill Mann                                                         
Acting Chief Administrative Officer                
905-878-7252, ext. 2101                                

Andrew Siltala
Senior Manager, Economic Development
905-878-7252, ext. 2103

Liliana Busnello
Communications Specialist
905-878-7252, ext. 2154