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Milton Education Village

Mattamy National Cycling Centre

Ontario Invites Proposals for a University in Milton

The Town of Milton, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, continues to be actively engaged in initiatives to advance the Milton Education Village (MEV) in an effort to bring a university campus to the community.

The MEV is Milton's vision for a comprehensively-planned neighbourhood, integrating post-secondary education, residential, commercial and recreational uses into a 400 acre area alongside the Niagara Escarpment.

In October 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced plans to create a new university-led post-secondary site in Milton focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The government called for expressions of interest from Ontario universities encouraging them to work in partnership with the local community, businesses and other institutions to develop innovative proposals for this new site. Proposals will also focus on economic benefits for the community, including job creation and economic diversity.

Wilfrid Laurier, in partnership with Conestoga, submitted their expression of interest in March 2017.  

Moving Forward

The Town of Milton will continue to work closely with Wilfrid Laurier and Conestoga to fully develop their proposal while moving forward with the secondary planning process for this site and conducting financial impact studies for the MEV. Through these studies, the infrastructure requirements and associated financing options will be identified, quantified and incorporated into future capital forecasts.

2017 Timelines



Mar 6

Deadline for Responses to the Request for Expressions of Interest

Mar - Apr

Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest, including follow-up discussions between the government and institutions


Release of the Invitational Call for Proposals to selected proponents


Deadline for the Invitational Call for Proposals


Announcement(s) of successful proponent(s)

Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI), January 2017

Town of Milton Celebrates Post-Secondary Campus Announcement

October 26, 2016: The Town of Milton welcomes today's announcement by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development that the Ontario government seeks expressions of interest to establish a new post-secondary campus in Milton.

"I am delighted to hear the government's commitment to bring post-secondary education to Milton and Halton Region," said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. "This is a welcome next step in the process of making the Milton Education Village a reality for our community."

The Town of Milton and Halton Region will continue to support Wilfrid Laurier through the process announced today, and is moving forward with land use planning activities for the Milton Education Village.

News Release

Milton Education Village

The goal of the Milton Education Village is to bring a university campus to Milton, an investment in the talent and skills of current and future Milton residents that will translate into knowledge-based employment opportunities and job growth. The campus will occupy 150-acre site within the MEV, next to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre to allow synergies between the campus and the facility.

The Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University established a memorandum of understanding in 2008 (renewed in 2014), with the intent of developing a university campus within the Milton Education Village. The 400-acre integrated neighbourhood will be located within the boundaries of Derry Road, Tremaine Road, and Britannia Road, and adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment. The MEV will include integrated transit, student housing, as well as residential, commercial and retail development.

Laurier in Milton

The Town of Milton continues to work with Laurier on two key initiatives to create a presence for Wilfrid Laurier University in Milton

Laurier Milton Lecture Series

The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides an opportunity for Laurier to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of topics. The series has been running annually since 2009 and is a collaboration between Laurier, the Town and the Milton Public Library. Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month, October to May, at the Milton Centre for the Arts.

Laurier Milton Lecture Series 

MEV Innovation Centre

As an early introduction to the MEV, the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre was officially opened to the community January 2014 in a transitional space located at 555 Industrial Drive. The Innovation Centre has become a space where innovation, education and training intersect. As a community hub the Innovation Centre is dedicated to fostering an entrepreneurial culture for local businesses, start-ups and incubators.  Once its new home has been completed, the Innovation Centre will be relocated to the heart of the MEV. 

MEV Innovation Centre