Mayor Chris Friel Looks to Province for Answers in Wake of Nipissing Brantford Closing  

For Immediate Release
12/17/2014 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Corporate Communications Manager 
Phone: 519-751-9900 

In response to Nipissing University’s announcement today to wind down its operations in the city of Brantford over the next four years, Mayor Chris Friel looks to the province for answers. "We are profoundly disappointed that changes in program policies made by the province without consultation with the providers of education, has led to the decision to close the Nipissing Brantford Campus. This is a clear example of policies getting in the way of effective education and community and workforce development. Both MPP Dave Levac and I have personally expressed our disappointment to Minister Moridi and are looking to the province for resolution.

Since the official announcement earlier today, the Mayor has been in contact with the President of Laurier University, Max Blouw and members of the University’s Board to discuss strategies to mitigate the impact this may have on the City. The Mayor emphasized that given it was their directive that led to this decision, the province will be responsible for providing support to reverse any negative effects caused as a result of this action.

For the past ten years, Nipissing and Laurier Brantford have enjoyed a strong and successful partnership and have delivered a unique concurrent program that has become a campus model in the province. “To have this program discontinued because of policy is beyond frustrating.”

"There is no doubt that the partnership between Nipissing and Laurier Brantford have had an incredibly positive economic impact on our downtown core. With over 3,000 students and growing, Laurier Brantford is a mainstay in this community and I am optimistic our economic vitality will continue regardless of the Nipissing outcome."

Students currently enrolled in the joint program will continue their studies in Brantford until completion of the program for a minimum of four years.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to offer quality post-secondary educational opportunities in Brantford and will work to find an acceptable solution.”