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After 20 years, Brock University moving satellite campus from Hamilton to Burlington

Costs to update its current location and a lack of access to main roads and public transit have led Brock University's satellite campus to leave Hamilton for Burlington.

Brock U has had a satellite campus on King Street East near Kenilworth Access for 20 years

Brock University's satellite campus in Hamilton. (Brock University)

The cost of updating its current location and a lack of access to main roads and public transit have led Brock University to move its satellite campus from Hamilton for Burlington.

The school and the city of Burlington issued a release on Monday. They signed a memorandum of understanding that was approved by city council on Monday and also recently approved by the school's board of trustees.

The agreement states the new campus will be near the GO commuter rail system and have QEW highway access while also establishing how the campus will add to the city.

"Over the decades, Brock has developed a relationship with the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville communities, and we have seen strong growth in student enrolment from across these communities," said Brock U President Gervan Fearon.

"It is important for us to be able to more effectively serve our students, faculty, staff and community partners across the region that includes Niagara and the Burlington corridor."

Brock U in Hamilton for 20 years

For 20 years, Brock U has had a satellite campus on King Street East near Kenilworth Access in Hamilton. It was primarily a site for teacher education.

Last November, the school realized it would cost too much money to update the building, a high school built in the 1960s.

In September, Brock sold the campus, but per the agreement, it will continue to use the site until August 2022 as it waits for the Burlington site.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said getting a campus in the city has been a goal of hers for the past decade. 

"This will bring more students and workers to our community and I couldn't be more thrilled to see it happening," she said.

It's unclear where exactly the new location will be but Anita Cassidy, executive director of Burlington Economic Development, offered a suggestion.

"Burlington's GO Investment Corridor is the ideal location to tap into a growing talent base and we anticipate many economic benefits to both the city of Burlington and Brock."

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