News release

Today, with the Ontario Government’s support, the Town of Milton is thrilled to welcome a Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College campus in Milton and a Schlegel Villages long term care facility, taking the next steps towards bringing the Milton Education Village to life.

“This is an exciting moment for Milton, our post-secondary, long term care, and provincial government partners,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “Today’s provincial support announcement helps realize our vision of a complete community for the Milton Education Village. I’m delighted to see the province’s commitment to higher education and aging to address Milton’s future community needs.”

The new post-secondary campus will deliver higher education that integrates teaching, learning, research and on-the-job experience for students. The key focus is academic excellence and experiential learning.

The long term care facility will provide the much needed care beds, along with partnering with Conestoga College on their life and health sciences programing. Since 2008, the Town has had a memorandum of understanding and partnership with Laurier to bring post-secondary education to the community, and recently entered into a similar partnership with Conestoga further enhancing the collective educational opportunities within Milton.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions to make Milton a destination for learning and innovation,” said Andrew Siltala, Milton’s CAO. “Bringing post-secondary education to Milton has been a key priority for Milton for over a decade. The partnership with the campus and the long term care facility is one example of innovation and collaboration of the integrated vision of the Milton Education Village.”

The vision for the MEV Secondary Plan area is to develop a dynamic urban village, where innovation meets natural wonder. This vision will be realized by the integration of leading academic institutions, outdoor recreational opportunities, views of the Niagara Escarpment, state-of-the-art research and design facilities and environmentally-conscious urban design.

Milton Education Village academic programming

Laurier’s focus will be centered on planetary health with a problem-based, future-focused approach to learning. The university will offer programming, research and work-integrated learning in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics) fields. This will foster new developments, community-industry partnerships, market-ready research, and job creation in areas such as clean and green technology, and sustainable development.

Conestoga College will provide a broad range of career-focused programs that align with the labour market needs to support area businesses and address current and emerging skills gaps. The college’s program offerings include health and life sciences, business, applied computer science and information technology, community services, engineering, trades and technology and creative industries programming.

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