Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on June 17 that the government will support the expansion of post-secondary education and long-term care through the establishment of new campuses for Conestoga and Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a new Schlegel Villages long-term care home in Milton.
The provincial government will support the expansion of post-secondary education and long-term care through the establishment of new campuses for Conestoga and Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a new Schlegel Villages long-term care home in Milton.
The Milton Education Village will also include room for a potential hospice, residential housing and a village core with a mix of commercial and retail uses.
The Town of Milton donated 150 acres of land to Conestoga and Laurier for the development of the campuses, which will accommodate more than 6,500 full-time students and are expected to open in 2024.
In addition to the standalone campus, Conestoga will also work in collaboration with Schlegel Villages to create a Living Classroom within the planned long-term care facility to support the education and training of personal support workers, registered practical nurses and other health care professionals and build the seniors care workforce.
“We’re proud to be here and will do everything we can to serve Milton’s people and economy and make this a stronger community,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “The new Conestoga-Milton campus will deliver relevant, accessible, career-focused programming that will address local workforce needs, contribute to personal and professional success, and support the well-being and prosperity of the region into the future.”
Milton is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, with a population expected to more than double by 2031. The vision for the Milton Education Village, located on a 400-acre site adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment, has been in development for more than 10 years.
View the announcement online.