Politicians and community members continue to speak out against the recent cancellation of funding for post-secondary campuses in Milton, Brampton and Markham. On October 23, the Ontario Conservative government announced it cannot provide funding for the university expansions due to the provincial deficit.
Reaction to the recent cancellation announcement made by the provincial government continues to mount. MinMaxx CEO and 2015 Federal Liberal Milton candidate, Azim Rizvee, has been among the many residents voicing concern and disappointment. “Education and skills development are essential to our community,” Mr. Rizvee said, “I’ve met so many fellow Milton residents that have expressed concern about access to quality education, so this announcement is a step in the wrong direction.” As one of the six founding partners of the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, Mr. Rizvee said establishing a university in Milton was a key component in promoting growth through education. With his hat in the ring for the 2019 Federal Liberal nomination for Milton, Mr. Rizvee vows to keep this issue at the forefront, “As I did in my last campaign, I will continue to put Milton first by making our voices heard loud and clear on this vital issue.”
According to their website, Wilfred Laurier University’s new campus was scheduled to be in the heart of the Milton Education Village. Situated along the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the university believes it is an ideal location to stimulate economic growth. The university has been in talks with the Town since 2008, and plans were well under way when the funding announcement was made. In a statement issued by the university, they expressed their deep disappointment by the sudden news to cancel the new campus in Milton.
The university said they look forward to their continued work with the Town and area partners “to explore all options for keeping the dream of post-secondary education alive in this vibrant community.”