Milton Education Village

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Provincial Government Officially Accepts Laurier Proposal with $90 Million Funding Announcement - April 2018

On April 18 2018, the Provincial government announced final approval and a significant investment in Laurier's proposal to expand access to post-secondary education in Milton.

The province committed $90 million to help Laurier establish an innovative academic centre of excellence in the Milton Education Village. Laurier, in partnership with Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, is eager to bring academic programming to this fast-growing community on the west side of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Building on its sector-leading expertise in Science, Technology, Mathematics and the Arts, Laurier’s Milton site will introduce complementary Engineering undergraduate programs linking students to highly skilled STEAM opportunities.

Further details about the announcement can be found on the Town of Milton's news page.

Milton Education Village - Background

The Town of Milton, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, have been actively engaged in initiatives to advance the Milton Education Village (MEV) for over a decade, in an effort to bring a university campus to the community.

The Milton Education Village (MEV) is Milton's vision for a comprehensively-planned neighbourhood, integrating post-secondary education, residential, commercial and recreational uses into a 400 acre area alongside the Niagara Escarpment.

March 2017 - Ontario Invited Proposals for a University in Milton

In October 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced plans to create a new university-led post-secondary site in Milton focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The government called for expressions of interest from Ontario universities encouraging them to work in partnership with the local community, businesses and other institutions to develop innovative proposals for this new site. Proposals will also focus on economic benefits for the community, including job creation and economic diversity.

Wilfrid Laurier, in partnership with Conestoga, submitted their expression of interest in March 2017.  

The Town of Milton worked closely with Wilfrid Laurier and Conestoga to fully develop their proposal while moving forward with the secondary planning process for this site and conducting financial impact studies for the MEV. Through these studies, the infrastructure requirements and associated financing options are being identified, quantified and incorporated into future capital forecasts.




March 6, 2017

Deadline for Responses to the Request for Expressions of Interest

March - April 2017

Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest, including follow-up discussions between the government and institutions

May 2017

Release of the Invitational Call for Proposals to selected proponents

July 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University, along with partner Conestoga College submitted their proposal

April 18, 2018

The official announcement of the successful proponent(s) happened April 18, 2018

The Provincial government announced a $90 million investment in the Milton Laurier proposal

Wilfrid Laurier University is planning for credit courses and initial student intake to begin in September 2019 -- at a leased space (MEV Innovation Centre)

A new building is projected to open on the Milton Education Village site for the 2021-22 academic year, ultimately serving over 2,000 students.

Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI), January 2017

October 2016 - Milton Celebrates Post-Secondary Campus Commitment

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.

News Release

Laurier Site in the Milton Education Village

The goal of the Milton Education Village has always been 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 lands provided to Wilfrid Laurier University 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 400-acre integrated neighbourhood will be 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.

Laurier in Milton

The Town of Milton has worked with Laurier on two key initiatives to create a presence for Wilfrid Laurier University in Milton since 2009.

Laurier Milton Lecture Series - Celebrates 10 Years in the Community (2018-2019 season)

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.

Laurier Milton Lecture Series 

MEV Innovation Centre - The Anticipated Home for Laurier's First Milton Students

As an early introduction to the MEV, the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre was officially opened to the community January 2014 in a transitional space located at 555 Industrial Drive. The Innovation Centre has become a space where innovation, education and training intersect. As a community hub the Innovation Centre is dedicated to fostering an entrepreneurial culture for local businesses, start-ups and incubators.  Once its new home has been completed, the Innovation Centre will be relocated to the heart of the MEV. 

MEV Innovation Centre