The ongoing development of post-secondary education options available in downtown Brampton took another significant step forward today thanks to an expanded partnership between the City of Brampton and Algoma University. This morning, Brampton City Council supported the request to invest $7.3 million in grant funding spread over three years to facilitate a planned second phase expansion of Algoma University’s academic programming and facilities within Garden Square. The university will contribute $27 million to the project over the same period.
The funding will immediately support expansion plans that enable Algoma University’s enrolment capacity to grow to 1,000 students by 2023. By Fall 2020, degree and certificate offerings in Computer Science, Psychology, and Community Economic and Social Development will be available. These additions will complement current programming offered through the Algoma University School of Business and Economics. These new programs, along with anticipated future programming in Law and Justice and Social Work, will be housed within the Centre for Social, Cultural & Economic Innovation.
Phase II construction will commence this fall.
Expansion of Algoma University programming in Brampton has been identified by both the Algoma University Board of Governors and the Academic Senate as a key strategic priority as the institution strives to grow overall enrolment across all campuses to 3,000 students by 2023-24. Further information about Algoma University is available at www.algomau.ca/
Quotes: “We are excited to see Algoma University grow its programming in the heart of Brampton. This investment is consistent with our term of Council priorities and Brampton 2040 Vision and moves us towards creating a City of Opportunities. Brampton is committed to building long-term relationships with recognized and well-respected education partners on solutions that meet the needs and advance the aspirations of our city and future students.”
- Mayor for the City of Brampton, Patrick Brown
“This continues to be an exciting period for the City of Brampton and for Algoma University as we work together to expand post-secondary options for the citizens of Brampton. I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Mayor Brown, members of City Council and City Staff for their ongoing leadership and support for the strategic expansion of the Algoma University. This investment will increase our campus footprint and accelerate the University’s growth which will contribute to enhancing the vibrancy of the downtown and the retention of talent in the city.”
- Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor, Algoma University
“Our partners play an instrumental role in Brampton’s success. Our agreement with Algoma is a great example of how we are leveraging partnerships with post-secondary institutions to establish an innovation ecosystem in the downtown, which in turn supports new jobs and economic growth.”
- Clare Barnett, Director, Economic Development and Culture
About Algoma University:
Algoma University, established in Sault Ste. Marie in 1965, offers a wide range of degrees and certificates spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. The university also offers programming at campus locations in Brampton and Timmins. Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous populations and other communities.