Bad news for York and Ryerson students as the Ontario government announced that the planned campus expansions have made their way to the chopping block.
The Ontario government issued a press release yesterday that outlined its intention to pull funding for Ryerson's new Brampton campus and York's expansion to Markham.
BREAKING: Ford government scrapping plans for 3 new university satellite campuses in GTA: York U in Markham, Ryerson U in Brampton, Wilfrid Laurier U in Milton. #onpoli #cdnpse pic.twitter.com/H1SmoEZsXV— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) October 23, 2018
Wilfred Laurier's Milton campus has also been cancelled.
The City's disappointed by the Province’s decision to not fund university campus projects in Brampton Milton & Markham. We will continue to work with our partners to advocate for a solution to this issue that brings transformational benefits and economic opportunities to Brampton— City of Brampton (@CityBrampton) October 23, 2018
The release cited a $15 billion dollar provincial deceit as the reason for the squashed plans, resulting in the Ministry no longer being "in the position to fund [the projects] given the province's new fiscal restraints."
Tonight’s post-secondary education cut amounts to $307.3 million. Previous government had announced $90M each for Ryerson and Laurier and $127.3M for York. But that funding is still included in the artificially inflated $15B deficit cited in the news release. #onpoli— Robert Benzie (@robertbenzie) October 23, 2018
NP leader Andrea Horwath spoke out against the move, calling it "callous" and "short-sighted."
Scrapping campuses in York, Brampton and Milton undercuts the futures of thousands of students, and our province's future. #onpoli #CdnPSE https://t.co/r05EhAaAng— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) October 24, 2018
Ryerson's Brampton campus was set to feature a focus on STEM learning to fit with Toronto's growing reputation as a leader for technological innovation.
My statement on the provincial government's announcement to cancel funding of @yorkuniversity Markham Centre Campus. #Onpoli #yorku pic.twitter.com/VBLSNoiTMi— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) October 24, 2018
York's new space looked to accommodate many of the York region's post-secondary students.
by Lisa Power via blogTO
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