Milton is getting five new schools
Milton will be seeing five new schools built in town. There will be an injection of a new public high school, public elementary school, Catholic elementary school, French elementary school and French Catholic elementary school.
The Halton District School Board hopes that the 776-student public elementary school will be open as soon as September 2018.
Combined, the five schools will have a capacity for 3,309 students.
Milton is getting a University
On October 26, 2016, it was announced that a university would be coming to Milton.
The province will be accepting proposals in the new year, and Ontario universities will develop “innovative proposals” for the new site.
Milton has been working on the Milton Education Village (MEV) for years, and the 400 acres the campus will sit on is also already home to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and the MEV Innovation Centre.
It is widely known that Wilfrid Laurier University has been working closely with the Town to develop plans for a Milton campus, but an article on insideHalton.com says, “the institution isn’t being automatically selected and will have to go through the proposal process.”
A few quick facts:
– Ontario is investing $180 million to the sites in Brantford and Milton
– Milton is located in the province’s Innovation SuperCorridor, which houses start-ups, research institutions and lots of talent
– The current population in Milton is around 84,000 and is projected to grow to 228,000 by 2031
The Town of Milton, one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada, has long sought to attract a post-secondary educational institution. The Town approached Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 because of Laurier’s reputation for academic excellence and its success in developing the Laurier Brantford campus.
In March 2008, Laurier and the Town signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the possibility of establishing a campus and developing a “Milton Education Village” adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. As the talks progressed, other potential partners expressed interest and, on Jan. 24, 2011, a new MOU was signed. For Laurier, the new MOU reaffirms the university’s interest in continuing to explore the potential for a campus in Milton.
Town Council unanimously endorsed Wilfrid Laurier University’s submission to the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities to develop a university campus in Milton on July 21, 2014.
The submission is a response to a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) that was launched by the MTCU in March 2014 as part of the Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework. The framework covers the creation of new undergraduate university campuses and the major expansion of existing campuses in order to align Ontario’s future postsecondary capacity with long-term demand growth.
Milton Council also supported a staff recommendation that will facilitate the land transfer within the Milton Education Village and thereby allow the Town and Laurier to proceed quickly in developing a campus, once approval is given.