The provincial government is in the final stages of approving Ryerson’s proposed satellite campus in Brampton, according to a statement made by Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi earlier this month. Originally expected at the end of last year, the announcement is a major hurdle in the university’s desire to begin construction by 2020.

In an email statement, Ryerson’s public affairs wrote, “It is simply too early to discuss details” (related to programming, curriculum, and infrastructure). While those details haven’t been made public, plans submitted to Brampton city council confirm the campus will focus on science technology, engineering, arts and math. Here’s what else we know of the campus plans so far:

  • Ryerson is partnering with Sheridan College on the expansion;
  • The satellite campus is estimated to take in 1,000 students;
  • It will include labs for experiential learning and research;
  • It’s estimated to create 1,500 jobs, according to the city;
  • The city plans to build a $100-million community centre next to the campus;
  • Plans for inclusivity of war veterans and Indigenous students will receive some form of support.

The city of Brampton will contribute $50 million over the next 10 years towards the campus. The province has set aside $180 million to divide between campus-building projects in Brampton and in Milton, with Wilfrid Laurier University.

Ryerson submitted its first proposal to the province in October. A more detailed proposal is expected to be announced later in the year.

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