Ontario Liberal Critic for Education and Training, Colleges and Universities, MPP Kathleen Wynne on Wednesday issued an official statement saying Doug Ford’s cancellation of university campuses in Milton, Brampton, and Markham will hurt young people in the GTA and beyond.
“On Tuesday evening we learned that Doug Ford is turning his back on young people in the GTA who are counting on being able to access post-secondary education,” she stated.
Milton, Brampton and Markham are among the fastest growing municipalities in the country and for years they have been working to establish partnerships with Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College, Ryerson University and Sheridan College and York University and Seneca College.
“These campuses were to push forward our competitiveness in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.”
“Ontario’s economy needs all of our young people at their best if we are to compete with the
world—whether in the auto sector, aerospace, or agriculture. These cancellations are extremely bad news for all of the students and their families who are counting on access to education. But this decision also puts Ontario’s economic progress at risk. The most important investment we can make in future prosperity is in our young people. They are the innovators. They are our international advantage,” she added.
Ontario’s highly educated workforce draws industry and commerce to the province.
“Doug Ford is choosing to send a message to business and to the world that he does not value higher education. That he does not stand by commitments made to communities and youth. Markham, Brampton and Milton are strong, vital communities but they all know that the addition of a post-secondary campus would allow them to up their game and become even stronger contributors to Ontario’s economy. These investments would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in economic growth to these communities,”
She concluded by saying that Ontario has to move forward and that Doug Ford is shortchanging Ontario’s young people by taking them backwards.
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is cancelling funding for three university campuses in the Toronto area, blaming the province’s poor finances.
Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the government is no longer in a position to fund the three satellite campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton owing to the province’s “new fiscal restraints.”
The campuses were set to open in 2021 and 2022 and serve a total of 8,000 students.