Overview: Bringing a University to Brampton

Significant effort has been expended to get to the exciting announcement of April 19, 2018.

Here’s an overview of where we’ve been, what we’re doing, and where it’s going.


  • In May 2015 the Province announced they were planning a second competitive call for proposals for a new university campus, with a focus on the Regions of Peel and Halton.
  • The Blue Ribbon Exploratory Panel for establishing a University in the City of Brampton was created in July 2015 to lead the City’s efforts in securing a university.
  • On October 26, 2016, the Province of Ontario announced funding for a university in Brampton
  • On January 18, 2017, the Province released its Call for Expressions of Interest for a university to submit a proposal to establish a university in Brampton, with an initial submission deadline of March 6.
  • On March 14, 2017, the Province revealed that Ryerson University, in partnership with Sheridan College, submitted an application to establish a new facility in Brampton. The Province will work with Ryerson and its partners over the coming months to refine its proposal.
  • On September 13, 2017, Brampton City Council endorsed, in principle, investing up to $50M over 10 years into a post-secondary facility, and up to $100M into joint-use community space to support a university, business innovation and collaboration, community interaction, and cultural growth.
  • The City also completed an economic impact study articulating the significant social and economic benefits of a new university campus and Centre for Innovation in downtown Brampton.
  • On April 18, 2018 The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, along with Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, announced the establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton.
  • On June 6, staff revealed the shortlist of architectural firms selected through a request for pre-qualification for design services for a Centre for Innovation.

What we're doing right now

  • Working on a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the commitments and responsibilities of all parties involved in the project.
  • Continuing to work with partners to develop plans for a new university and a Centre for Innovation.
  • Working to launch a pilot incubator and co-working space downtown, with the participation of Ryerson University.