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Province Green-lights New Ryerson University Campus in Downtown Brampton


Media Release


Province greenlights new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton

Thursday, Apr 19 2018

BRAMPTON, ON – Political and business leaders from Brampton and around the GTHA gathered at a Brampton Board of Trade event today to celebrate the announcement of a significant education infrastructure project that will transform the city. The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, along with Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, announced the establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton.


Slated to open for classes in the Fall of 2022, the new campus will focus on providing students data-driven science and business programming paired with experiential learning. Plans include the new campus, a partnership for a National Centre for Cybersecurity, and a centre for innovation – a joint-use facility which will include public and academic libraries and an innovation zone. The new campus will be built adjacent to the downtown GO Station. The centre of innovation will be located on the land surrounding the existing Nelson Square parking garage.


“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Brampton, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions – Ryerson University and Sheridan College – in bringing a new campus and centre for innovation to downtown Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Today’s exciting announcement marks the start of transformation for Brampton, and new opportunities for our residents. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan to make Brampton a destination for learning and innovation.”


Bringing a new university to Brampton has been a key priority for the City. In September 2017, Brampton City Council made a historic commitment of up to $150 million for a new university and centre for innovation.


The City of Brampton has actively engaged with partners, community groups and businesses over the past year to help lay the foundation for future success. Also instrumental in this success was the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel, established by Council to provide recommendations to bring a university campus to Brampton. In 2017, the City commissioned an economic impact study that highlighted the diversity of economic and social benefits of a new university and centre for innovation. The City is also working with the partners to develop a vision for the centre for innovation, and currently has an active request for procurement for architectural services for this facility.


“We have built a strong partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan,” said Paul Aldunate, project manager of the university initiative for the City of Brampton. “We are eager to move forward together on this exciting project that will bring significant economic and cultural benefits to Brampton and its residents. This project will develop the skilled workforce of tomorrow right here in downtown Brampton.”


This is Ryerson’s first expansion of academic programming outside of its iconic downtown Toronto campus. Ryerson has a reputation as a city-building institution, and is globally recognized for its business-focused innovation zones. With a focus on career-oriented education, Ryerson receives the most applications, relative to spaces available, of any university in Ontario.


“In expanding to Brampton, Ryerson will provide much-needed university programs to students in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse communities in Canada,” said Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University. “We are looking forward to working with Sheridan to provide students in the region with innovative academic programs that offer the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to succeed and thrive in the modern economy.”


Sheridan has a long history in Brampton, and a strong track record of developing and delivering leading programming. Brampton is already home to the Davis campus and the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology. Sheridan has a well-earned reputation in applied research and experiential learning, and a strong history of building partnerships in and with the City of Brampton.


“Sheridan is exceptionally proud to partner with Ryerson University on this exciting venture,” said Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “For 50 years, we’ve been proud to call Brampton home. Today marks the beginning of a new era. We’re building on Sheridan’s strength in teaching creative problem solving, the established track record of both of our institutions for incubating innovation, and our shared belief in the value of experiential learning. Together, we’ll provide even more opportunities for students to gain an education that’s highly relevant for the times.”


Quick Facts

·    The project has an anticipated academic start date of September 2022.

·   Ryerson is planning for enrolment at the new Brampton campus of 2,000 students

·    The City of Brampton has committed up to $50 million, over 10 years, to a university facility and up to $100 million for a centre for innovation.

·   Between the City of Brampton and the Province of Ontario, almost a quarter of a billion dollars has been committed to a new university and centre for innovation.

·   The City commissioned an economic impact study in 2017 which demonstrated that the construction, and ongoing annual operation, of a new university and centre for innovation would bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity.

·   The downtown Brampton location is easily accessible through transit, connects to the GTA and Innovation Super-Corridor through GO transit, and will help spark business and cultural activity, creating a signature Brampton destination.

·   A downtown Brampton university location amplifies Brampton’s position at the centre of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, an ecosystem to link talent, educators, investors, entrepreneurs and high-growth firms.




​Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at



Natalie Stogdill

Media Coordinator

City of Brampton

905.874.3654 |

NDP Platform


Yesterday, the NDP released their platform called Change for the Better. The full platform is 100 pages, which is very lengthy for an election platform. By comparison, the NDP’s 2014 platform was only 9 pages.

Contained within the platform were recommendations related to real estate and the housing market. These policies focused on affordable housing, creating housing options for low-income earners, expanding the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) and protecting renters.

In a 100-page plan, there is a lot of room for specific commitments. However, there were some recommendations in the NDP platform that are similar to the proposals put forward by OREA in our Platform for Home Ownership.

Commitments similar to the Ontario REALTOR® Party platform:

·         Encourage an array of options, including mid-rises, townhouses and stacked townhouses.

·         Require minimum density in developments along new transit lines, letting municipalities opt out of some minimum parking requirements and requiring coordinated planning of retail and housing in medium-density developments.

·         Dedicate cap-and-trade revenues to a new $50 million no-interest and on-bill home retrofit program to help people consumer less power at home. Target the program to communities and individuals facing the greatest financial barriers to lowering their energy use.

·         Create a Residents’ Rights Act so home owners can add legal apartments, laneway houses and “granny flats” to their properties.

Other recommendations relevant to housing:

·         Build 65,000 new affordable homes, including non-profit and co-op housing.

·         Allow seniors who own their home to defer property taxes until their house is sold.

·         Overhaul Inclusionary Zoning regulations to require a certain number of affordable homes in new housing developments. Increase the percentage and bring rental properties under the regulations.

·         Protect homebuyers from “shoddy construction and unfair financial risk” by reforming Tarion Warranty Corporation.

·         Crack down on housing speculators, including domestic speculators by applying the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) anywhere speculation is overheating a housing market. Match British Columbia’s schedule by increasing the NRST to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.

·         Make rentals more affordable by introducing legislation that:

·         Limits the use of above-guideline increases to “renovict” people from their homes.

·         A rent registry, so tenants can know how much a landlord has charged in the past.

·         Protect condo buyers by ensuring that:

·         Disputes can be resolved quickly.

·         Owners can expect transparency and accountability from condo boards.

·         Advertising materials reflect realistic costs and fees.

·         Owners have protection from shoddy or incompetent construction.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or OREA’s Head of Government Relations, Adam Yahn at or 416-385-6618.


Sean Morrison,
2018 Government Relations Committee Chair


If you are not already familiar with this event, Relay for Life is a fun and inspiring community fundraising event for people of any age and fitness level.  Friends, neighbours, co-workers, family, survivors, and caregivers unite for a 6-hour relay event that challenges teams to fundraise and take turns walking or running around a track to meet individual distance goals and show their support for people living with cancer.


This year’s event will be held at Teramoto Park, 9000 Chinguacousy Road, Brampton, ON L6X 0E6 on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  Our goal is to raise $46,000 this year to support life-saving research and support programs for people living with cancer and their families.


One of the ways we try to reach our goal is by asking for Corporate Sponsorships and Gifts in Kind.  Offsetting some of the larger costs of this community event with generous donations of local businesses allows Relay For Life to direct all the dollars raised by participants to helping individuals in our community, living with or affected by cancer, experience a better quality of life and hope for a future without cancer.


In 2015, an Ipsos-Reid and Trojan One survey named the Canadian Cancer Society as one of the most valuable sponsorships in Canada.  The Society’s Relay for Life event was the top-ranked “MVP” in Ipsos in 2012 and again in 2015.  Being named MVP demonstrates Relay’s unique and valuable investment opportunity for potential sponsors. The Society has the highest ‘top-of-mind’ awareness of any charity in Canada.  Your participation in Relay for Life will associate your organization with the leader in the fight against cancer, and in turn help Relay For Life raise awareness about important and useful resources available through The Canadian Cancer Society for those in our community living with or affected by cancer.



OREA releases recommendations to protect consumers against the risks involved
in purchasing a former grow-op
BRAMPTON, ON, April 9, 2018 – Growing marijuana in a home can pose significant health and safety issues for unsuspecting home buyers. With the legalization of marijuana looming, there are no rules in place to protect a home buyer from purchasing a former grow operation. In its Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization released today, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is urging the Provincial Government to bring forward measures that will ensure home buyers are protected from the health and safety risks associated with former grow ops.
“The legalization of recreational marijuana in Ontario is going to have significant impacts on homes, as many people will choose to grow their own plants,” said Denise Dilbey, President of the Brampton Real Estate Board “Growing cannabis indoors often involves creating conditions that can lead to the formation of mold and fungus, which can have serious health risks for seniors and young children. Therefore, the long-term impact of legal marijuana cultivation on Ontario’s housing stock must be taken into consideration by policy makers.”
In its Action Plan, OREA proposes five policy changes to protect consumers from the risks involved in purchasing a former grow operation, including:
1. Designate illegal grow operations as unsafe under the Building Code Act.
2. Mandate that illegal cannabis operations are inspected by a municipal building official
3. Require municipalities to register remediation work orders on the title of a former grow operation.
4. Mandate that all licensed home inspectors receive training on how to spot the signs of a former marijuana grow operation.
5. Restrict the number of plants that a home owner can grow from four to one in units 1,000 square feet or smaller.
Legalization of marijuana in other jurisdictions, like Denver, Colorado, has led to a significant increase in cultivation inside private dwellings. Moreover, the RCMP does not believe that legalization will eliminate the involvement of organized crime in the cultivation and sale of illegal cannabis.
“Property owners often go to great lengths to hide the evidence of a former grow operation, making it difficult for Realtors, home inspectors and unsuspecting home buyers to detect,” said Denise Dilbey. “It is unlikely Ontario will introduce a law banning the cultivation of cannabis in homes if federal legislation permits it. However, the Provincial Government has the authority to enforce measures to ensure consumers are protected in the largest investment of their lives, and we urge them to exercise that authority.”
More information is available at,
The Ontario Real Estate Association represents 70,000 brokers and salespeople who are members of the 38 real estate boards throughout the province. OREA serves its REALTOR® members through a wide variety of professional publications, educational programs, advocacy, and other services.
The Brampton Real Estate Board (BREB) was formed in 1955 by a group of local real estate brokers who saw the need for standardization of practices and co-operation in the marketing of real estate. The BREB attained membership in the Ontario and Canadian Real Estate Associations and all Members adhere to a strict Code of Ethics established by the Canadian Association and by RECO, the Real Estate Council of Ontario. Today BREB has a membership of over 1,560 REALTOR® Members and is involved in all aspects of real estate.
Denise Dilbey, President
The Brampton Real Estate Board
60 Gillingham Drive Suite 401
Brampton ON
L6X 0Z9