Revitalization Through Education
The development of post-secondary education in the city's downtown core has led to urban renewal and economic transformation.
With education being the catalyst, Brantford has been able to attract strategic investment from post-secondary institutions, the business community and other regional partners. Engaged and supported by the City of Brantford, Wilfrid Laurier - the first post-secondary institution in Brantford - opened its doors with 39 students in September 1999.
Today, the City's strategic partnerships have grown to include Nipissing University and Mohawk College, with the addition of Conestoga College and McMaster University this fall. In the next 12 years, post-secondary institutions' enrollment is expected to grow from 2500 students in 2011 to over 15,000 students.
On March 27, 2014, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Province of Ontario is taking steps to ensure that more students can pursue undergraduate degrees close to home using Brantford's success as an example of what can be achieved through partnership and collaboration.
Click for additional information on the Provincial announcement by Premier Wynne and the call for proposals (opens in a new window).