Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Metropolitan University medical school, expected to open in 2025, will be located at the Bramalea Civic Centre at 150 Central Park Dr.
“We are committed to creating a school of medicine to meet the diverse needs of the Brampton and Peel Region community and today, with a location secured, we are one step closer,” said Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor, Toronto Metropolitan University.
“I am incredibly thankful to our partners, the City of Brampton and the Province of Ontario, for their investments that will help us bring to life our shared vision for a brighter future for medical education in the region and the province.”
The location was chosen because it is strategically located within the city’s health and life sciences cluster, close to both the Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial hospitals and accessibility to municipal transportation, GO transit and highway systems.
The site also meets the space requirements to build a school of medicine that will require 250,000 square feet for classrooms, offices, research facilities and an integrated health clinic. The City of Brampton will invest $20M of funding to support building renovations required for programing and operations of the School of Medicine.
The TMU School of Medicine will be the first new medical school in the GTA in over a hundred years and will make Brampton the home of a community-centric medical school focused on inclusivity, innovation and primary care.
“Today is a momentous day for Brampton as we announce the Civic Centre being home to the first medical school in the GTA in over a hundred years,” said Mayor Patrick Brown. “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.
“This school and the city’s second hospital being built at Peel Memorial will help address the healthcare emergency in Brampton and ensures the next generation of healthcare practitioners can train locally right here in the city.
In 2021, Brampton city council approved a $1 million planning grant for the school, matching funding from the provincial government.
Once completed, the school will accommodate 80 undergraduate and 95 postgraduate students.