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Laurier and Conestoga continue work to bring satellite campus in Milton

Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College say they continue to work with the Town of Milton to bring a satellite campus to the area.

Lauier and Conestoga staff met with Milton council and mayor last month

(Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Wilfrid Laurier University says it continues to work with the Town of Milton to bring a satellite campus to the area, months after the province announced it would no longer fund the project. 

Laurier, who is also in partnership with Conestoga College for the project, has been working with the Town of Milton to build a campus in the area for the past decade.

Deborah Dubenofsky, vice-president of finance and administration at Laurier, said she along with Conestoga College president, John Tibbits, met with Milton council in January.

"We had an opportunity to provide an update to council and celebrate the fourth extension of our memorandum of understanding with the Town of Milton," she said, adding that extension is for the nex three years.

The Laurier-Conestoga campus was announced in April 2018, where the Liberal government pledged $90 million for the project. However, in October, the provincial Progressive Conservative government cancelled those plans.

The satellite campus was to be part of the existing Milton Education Village.

Two-phased approach

In October, Dubenofsky told CBC K-W the province indicated it would entertain a business plan in the future. But so far, they haven't heard anything from the province, she said. 

Tibbits said it's an opportunity to better implement a joint campus in Milton, with both partners having equal contribution.

Dubenofsky said the university will continue with a two-phased approach to the development in Milton. 

Phase one will focuses on continuing existing part-time degree and non-degree courses at Milton's Education Village. Phase two will continue to work with the Town of Milton to build the satellite campus.

In a release, the university said it has retained Diamond and Schmitt Architects to develop a campus master plan for the 20 hectares given to the university by the town for the project.

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