One day after Patrick Brown was elected as the new mayor of Brampton, the Ontario government dropped a bombshell on the city: they are canceling the Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton.
As announced by Colleges and Universities Minister Merrilee Fullerton, because of the $15 billion deficit that the province was recently revealed to have by an independent financial commission, Fullerton says the province does not believe it was financially sustainable to fund these universities.
Besides the Ryerson Brampton campus, the York University Markham campus and Milton’s Wilfrid Laurier University campus are also getting the axe.
Ryerson had secured $90 million in funding from the previous government to build the Brampton campus, which was going to serve about 2,000 students, slated to open in 2022.
The Doug Ford government promised they would find $6 billion in ‘savings’ during the election, it looks like they’re keeping their promise to the people.
UPDATE: Brampton mayor-elect Patrick Brown made this statement following Ford’s announcement:
“The previously funded satellite campus was the bare minimum the province could do to provide help and opportunities to young people in Brampton. Canceling the bare minimum investment into post-secondary education is very disappointing.”
“I hope the PC MPPs in Markham, Milton and Brampton will stand up for the communities and speak to the Minister. I believe Brampton deserves a full university, not just a small satellite campus. This is a step backwards towards what the City of Brampton deserves.”