The speakers at today’s State of the City luncheon. Photo courtesy of @RyersonU/Twitter.

Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi joined Mayor Linda Jeffrey today at Brampton’s State of the City luncheon.

Jeffrey hosted the event at the Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre to address the impact of higher education on economic development. She pledged to bring a university to Brampton in her 2014 campaign, and continued the discussion on that concept in her speech today.

“I look forward to working with a team of design consultants to help better connect Brampton residents to jobs, educational institutions, and more,” says Jeffrey.

Lachemi confirmed today that the provincial government is officially finalizing approval for Ryerson’s proposed Brampton campus.

In March 2017, it was announced that Ryerson University, in partnership with Sheridan College, put through an application to establish a joint-use community centre in Brampton.

The Council is committing to invest $150 million in the proposed campus and its collaborating sites. The new grounds will also see a new central library.

“Our university will be a game changer,” said Jeffrey. “It will be a catalyst for significant investments and initiatives to transform creative and commercial space, to inspire generations of residents and provide the high skilled jobs of tomorrow.”

Lachemi also addressed Ryerson’s potential satellite campus in Brampton.

“Technology, talent, tolerance and universities drive economic growth,” he said.

The new proposed institution will focus on providing programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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