Ontario government pulls funding for new Ryerson campus in Brampton
Bad news for York and Ryerson students as the Ontario government announced that the planned campus expansions have made their way to the chopping block.
BREAKING: Ford government scrapping plans for 3 new university satellite campuses in GTA: York U in Markham, Ryerson U in Brampton, Wilfrid Laurier U in Milton. #onpoli #cdnpse pic.twitter.com/H1SmoEZsXV— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) October 23, 2018
Wilfred Laurier's Milton campus has also been cancelled.
The City's disappointed by the Province’s decision to not fund university campus projects in Brampton Milton & Markham. We will continue to work with our partners to advocate for a solution to this issue that brings transformational benefits and economic opportunities to Brampton— City of Brampton (@CityBrampton) October 23, 2018
The release cited a $15 billion dollar provincial deficit as the reason for the squashed plans, resulting in the Ministry no longer being "in the position to fund [the projects] given the province's new fiscal restraints."
Tonight’s post-secondary education cut amounts to $307.3 million. Previous government had announced $90M each for Ryerson and Laurier and $127.3M for York. But that funding is still included in the artificially inflated $15B deficit cited in the news release. #onpoli— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) October 23, 2018
NDP leader Andrea Horwath spoke out against the move, calling it "callous" and "short-sighted."
Ryerson's Brampton campus was set to feature a focus on STEM learning to fit with Toronto's growing reputation as a leader for technological innovation.
York's new space looked to accommodate many of the York region's post-secondary students.
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