Where we’re at


We continue to advocate to the province on our new approach to bringing a full university to Brampton – and we’re investing energy, time and money to turn that positive feedback into positive decisions. Want to find out more about this new approach? Read our FAQs.

What we need

  • We need the Province to commit funding and pass legislation to launch BramptonU
  • We need the right partnerships with academic institutions to bring leading undergraduate and graduate programming to Brampton
  • We need support from the Brampton community

What’s happening now

There are a number of activities completed and ongoing as the City works to develop, get approval for, and launch BramptonU.


Summer 2019

Research and development work

The work looked at how a large “university of the future” could grow in Brampton. The result was new, and in some cases commercially sensitive, ideas around governance, academic, business, staffing and financial models that outlined an alternative path forward.

September 25, 2019

A new direction – BramptonU

Following positive signals from the Province, Brampton City Council unanimously took another step forward enhance postsecondary education offerings in Brampton. Council directed staff to explore options for establishing a Brampton University, including partnerships, advocacy and the development of the business case for BramptonU.

November 2019

Getting the right expertise

The City brought in experts to support academic and policy-related questions that require expertise in higher education, stakeholder consultation and provincial policy-making. The Academy for Sustainable Innovation developed academic planning and partnership approaches and Stakeholder Research Associates is conducting stakeholder engagement, including residents, businesses, community groups and other levels of government. Collectively, this team worked with the City to develop a compelling business case for BramptonU.


November 2019

The BramptonU brand is launched

BramptonU is a movement, a process to bring a full university to Brampton. It is building on the excellence of our existing partners and other universities in Ontario and around the world to meet the needs of Brampton residents and businesses.



December 13, 2019

The Tele Town Hall

Mayor Patrick Brown and Brampton Councillors, along with local MPP Amarjot Sandhu and MPP and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria. hosted a Tele Town Hall on December 13, 2019. More than14,000 Brampton residents connected to this town hall, and polling during the town hall showed that 83% of participants felt it was very important that Brampton have its own university. Learn more

December 2019

Mainstreet Research Survey

Mainstreet Research conducted a telephone survey in the Region, which showed that 78% of Peel Region residents want a university close to home.

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December 2019 - March 2020

Ongoing advocacy and outreach 

City representatives continue to build relationships and partnerships with stakeholders that are important to the BramptonU movement. Academic institutions, leaders in other levels of government, businesses, developers and more – all so that once the Province makes a decision, BramptonU is positioned to move quickly to enroll students and launch innovative and relevant programming.


January 14, 2020

Community Town Hall

Councillor Charmaine Williams hosted a community Town Hall, with around 160 residents coming out to hear about the BramptonU project and ask questions.

January 24, 2020

Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

As the Province prepared for its budget cycle, the City delivered a Pre-Budget submission, that included relevant information and requests related to BramptonU (along with requests for a range of initiatives important to Brampton).

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January 28, 2020

BramptonU Town Hall

On January 28, a BramptonU Town Hall provided an update on the project and presented findings from the Mainstreet Research survey. About 180 people participated, with many actively engaging with questions. The majority of the feedback received clearly articulated the need for a full, leading, degree-granting university in Brampton.

Q1 2020

UPCOMING – Completing the BramptonU business case

The City continues to work with project leaders, City staff, and local partners to develop the City’s business case to the Province of Ontario.




July 2020

Green Papers on Governance, Academic and Economic aspects

As the City continues work on a full business case for submission to the Province of Ontario, three Green Papers have been developed that touch on key elements that form the governance, academic and economic strategies.

Q3 & Q4 2020

Advocacy continues at AMO Conference

Stakeholder meetings held with businesses in December 2020.          Link to report


Q1 2021

Advocacy continues for BramptonU

 The City enhances post secondary opportunities by partnering with R University for a new school of medicine. This new endeavor  explores partnership to bring the University of Guelph Humber to Brampton’s new Centre for Innovation.  

On September 15, 2021, Council directed staff to report back on the potential scope for an Education and Employment Master Plan for the City in addition to the existing initiatives and existing post-secondary expansion opportunities.  



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