We’ve had very positive feedback from 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.
Research and development work
The work looked at how a large “university of the future” could grow in Ontario, and specifically 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. The Province was very open to this new approach, and welcomed a more specific business case.
September 25, 2019
A new direction – BramptonU
Brampton City Council unanimously took another step in seeking solutions to increased 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.
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 will look at academic planning and partnership development and Stakeholder Research Associates who will look at stakeholder engagement, including residents, businesses, community groups and other levels of government. Collectively, this team will work with the City to develop a compelling business case for BramptonU.
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 MPP Amorjot Sandhu and Minister Prabmeet Sarka 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 has its own university.
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.
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 that will directly benefit the people of Brampton and the province.
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 28, 2020
UPCOMING – BramptonU Town Hall
The City is hosting a BramptonU Town Hall in Council Chambers to provide an update on the project, present the findings of the Mainstreet Research survey, and hear from a leading practitioner and thinker on the future of higher education.
January 24, 2020
UPCOMING – Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
As the Province prepares for its budget cycle, The City is preparing a Pre-Budget submission, that includes relevant information and requests related to BramptonU (along with requests for a range of initiatives important to Brampton).
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.