GTA’s First Medical School Coming to Bramalea Civic Centre, Brampton

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The first medical school in GTA is coming to Brampton as Toronto Metropolitan University will be opening its School of Medicine at Bramalea Civic Centre – 150 Central Park Drive. The announcement for the school opening in Brampton was made back in March 2022 and now the official location for the building has been announced with revitalization starting this year.

The City of Brampton put out a media release that says Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) School of Medicine is coming to Bramalea Civic Centre at 150 Central Park Drive in Brampton. This is the first medical school in GTA in more than 100 years and the city’s Deputy Mayor Harkirat Singh shared his excitement on Twitter.

The media release says that the location was chosen for its proximity to the Brampton Civic Hospital and the Peel Memorial Hospital. It is also close to municipal transportation, GO transit, and highway systems. The school has a requirement of 250,000 square feet for classrooms, offices, and research facilities, as well as an integrated health clinic.

The City of Brampton will invest $20 million to support building renovations for the establishment of the school.

The media release says, “Establishing a medical school in Brampton has been a significant part of the City’s ongoing advocacy work. In 2021, Brampton City Council voted in favor of a $1 million planning grant to help fund a future School of Medicine in the city, matching the funding invested by the Province of Ontario earlier that year.”

The TMU School of Medicine will open in Brampton in 2025 with “revitalization” starting this year, as per the tweet by the Deputy Mayor.

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Plans for expanding medical school education including adding 80 undergraduate seats and 95 postgraduate positions for the TMU University School of Medicine in Brampton were first announced in March 2022. At the time, the university announced that Ontario will add 160 undergraduate seats and 295 postgraduate positions over the next five years at several Ontario-based institutions.

According to the university, the upcoming School of Medicine will be rooted in five major pillars which are:

  • Focusing on community-centric primary care and the social determinants of health

  • Providing more culturally respectful care to communities

  • Leveraging innovation and technology in practices to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes

  • Providing future physicians with the skills to develop interdisciplinary networks of healthcare to achieve better outcomes for patients in the communities

  • Focusing on the aging and supporting seniors as a growing portion of our society gets older

Parvasi Media asked Premier Ford about the status of the university in Brampton to which he responded by saying that he is willing to sit down with the mayor of Brampton to talk about the growing needs of the community.

As of now, it is unclear exactly when the “revitalization” will start and by what date the school will open to students.

Vineet Washington

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