Ontario Construction News staff writer
Ryerson University’s School of Medicine is expanding the original plan for a Brampton location expected to open in 2025.
Brampton council approved a $1 million planning grant for the facility last summer, matching funding from the province.
The province announced on March 15 that it will invest in 80 medical school seats for undergraduate students and 95 postgraduate seats.
“Ryerson University will offer a new approach to medical education in Ontario — one that draws on the university’s commitment to community, diversity and inclusion, and innovation to address the changing needs for healthcare delivery and practice,” said Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor, Ryerson University.
“Our future students and graduates will contribute to creating a health-care system that is stronger, more resilient and more responsive to the diverse needs of Brampton, Peel Region and Ontario.”
It’s the first new medical school being built in Ontario in more than 30 years. The university school of medicine planning committee continues to move forward in this multi-year process and is currently in discussions with the city of Brampton to confirm a location.
Nearly 200 people across the university are involved in developing the school of medicine proposal, a comprehensive, university-wide endeavor.
“I want to thank everyone in our community who has helped to get us to this major milestone,” said Lachemi.
“I also want to thank the entire Ryerson community for their input to the vision for the school of medicine. We conducted community town halls with more than 6,500 participants, over 250 people took part in online surveys and 200,000 people were reached virtually to ensure that the voices of our community members were heard. I thank you for collaborating on this monumental project.”