Conestoga College campus coming to Kitchener Market Square

Conestoga College's new Kitchener campus will be moving into downtown's Market Square. The college hopes to have the campus running by January 2020.

College president John Tibbits says he hopes to have Kitchener campus running by January 2020

Conestoga College president John Tibbits announced the college will be leasing space in Kitchener's Market Square for the development of a new campus. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

Conestoga College's new Kitchener campus will be moving into downtown's Kitchener Market Square in the coming months.

The college will lease 82,000 square feet inside Market Square for the new campus, which will deliver business programs to approximately 1,000 students in January 2020.

"[Market Square] is a great place for us as it's a central part of the city," John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College, said at the announcement Friday.

"We're going to be a force down here."

Conestoga College has significantly branched out to neighbouring cities in the past, with campuses now in Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford and Stratford.

Tibbits said the college has had an interest in having a presence in downtown Kitchener for a long time.

He hopes the new campus will help attract more international students to the area and anticipates the campus will host more than 2,000 students within the next three years.

Over that time, the college plans to lease more vacant space in Market Square and add more programs and services.

A shuttle service will also be available to connect the Kitchener campus and the Doon campus.


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