Brampton’s Bramalea Civic Centre will be home to Ontario’s newest medical school

Published January 27, 2023 at 1:06 pm

Toronto metropolitan university TMU

Toronto Metropolitan University has selected Brampton’s Bramalea Civic Centre as the location of the first new medical school in the GTA in more than 100 years.

Premier Doug Ford was in Brampton on Friday to make the announcement alongside Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, local politicians, and representatives from TMU.

The new School of Medicine could open as soon as 2025 and is set to receive 80 undergraduate seats and some 95 postgraduate positions. It will be the first new medical school built in the GTA in more than a century, and the first new med school in the province in more than 30 years.

The Civic Centre was chosen as the location for the school due to its proximity to both Brampton Civic Hospital and the Peel Memorial Centre, as well as its accessibility to municipal transportation, GO transit and highway systems, the City said. The site also meets space requirements to build 250,000 square feet of classrooms, offices, research facilities and an integrated health clinic.

The City says it will invest $20 million in funding to support building renovations required for the programming and operations of the School of Medicine.

“Through the creation of the Brampton School of Medicine, we are building a healthcare system that fosters local talent and creates economic growth in the medical sector,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

Last year, the province announced a plan to add 160 undergraduate seats and 295 postgraduate positions over the next five years, with Brampton’s new medical school planning for 80 undergraduate seats and some 95 postgraduate positions in its first year.

Mohamed Lachemi, president of Toronto Metropolitan University, called Friday’s announcement a “historic achievement or Brampton, Peel Region, and the province as a whole.”

Lachemi said the TMU School of Medicine will help support the province by “improving urban health and meeting the needs of underrepresented populations.”

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