I was proud to be joined by Premier Ford, Ministers Clarke and Romano, and Mayor Krantz, along with the Presidents of Laurier University and Conestoga College, to announce the approval of a new plan that brings a post-secondary campus to Milton.

This is a new plan that is shovel ready and will do more for our community.

Milton will be the home of a Wilfrid Laurier University and a Conestoga College campus; both will be in the Milton Education Village. By combining Laurier’s strong reputation for academic excellence with Conestoga’s leadership in career-focused education and applied research, these two campuses will spur innovation and design, and leverage the ingenuity of our community like never before.

This plan, however, goes far beyond the two campuses. Included is a new long-term care home. Long-term care providers, Schlegel Villages, are coming to the Milton, along with 192 new, publicly funded, long-term care beds. The new Conestoga College campus will play a role in the delivery quality care for residents by partnering with Schlegel Villages and the creation of their Centre for Aging Excellence.

What’s more, land in the Milton Education Village has been allocated for a new hospice care facility. For too long, families in Milton needing long-term and hospice care have been forced to place their loved ones beyond arms reach. These new services will now keep families closer, improving the care and support of those most vulnerable.

All this tremendous work can begin immediately thanks to a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO). Like all other issuances of an MZO under our government, this came at the request and unanimous support of Milton Town Council.

With the approval of this plan, we are building an exciting future for Milton. This is a better deal for our community, and ensures Milton remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family for many years to come.