MISSISSAUGA – One of the City of Mississauga’s biggest goals is to build an innovative, student-friendly atmosphere that will help attract bright young thinkers to this vibrant (and quickly growing) GTA community.
Though the City of Mississauga wasn’t incorporated until 1974, the area’s strong connection to post-secondary learning stretches even farther back to 1967, when the University of Toronto opened its Mississauga campus. Situated on a prime piece of land along the Credit River, the campus has become a major community institution, currently boasting 15 academic departments and roughly 26,000 undergraduate students.
As the city has grown over the decades, so too has its commitment to attracting innovative thinkers and young leaders. Subsequently, in 2009, the city unveiled its Our Future Mississauga strategic plan which included, among various other objectives, a key goal of attracting post-secondary institutions and world-class student facilities to the city.
With so much attention having been devoted to the city’s student facilities, the positive impact has already started to show. In 2012, the city was able to boast 19.9 students per 1000 residents – a huge per capita jump over 18.9 the previous year, and just 16.4 in 2010.
Investments in action: major upgrades underway at U of T Mississauga
One of Mississauga’s most exciting new educational facilities is the University of Toronto’s Innovation Complex, which broke ground back in the spring of 2013 and is scheduled to open its doors in September of this year.
When completed, the $35-million complex will feature four storeys of lecture rooms, labs, office space, and even a mock trading floor. Designed to obtain LEED Silver certification, this striking addition will also serve as home to the university’s new Institute for Management and Innovation, as well as the Office of the Registrar and the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre.
“The Innovation Complex and its signature institute will help our students to develop the outlook and analytical capacity they need to compete and win in today’s tough economic climate,” U of T President David Naylor said in May.
“I believe this new institute will benefit the university, the City of Mississauga and Peel region, with ripple effects across the province and, indeed, across Canada.”
Also underway at the University of Toronto in Mississauga is a massive, three-part reconstruction of the campus’s aging “North” building. The first of three new rebuilt facilities, Deerfield Hall, is scheduled to open its doors in August 2014 and will feature 5,220 square metres of state-of-the-art learning spaces for students.
Living the Campus Lifestyle in Mississauga
If you, or someone you know is considering enrollment at Mississauga’s University of Toronto Campus, or Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus near Square One, there are many off-campus housing solutions available just a short distance from each institution.
If you’re interested in high-rise units in particular, not only is there a good selection of rental units available, but also a wide array of condominium markets for sale, and even a selection of brand-new projects by renowned builders, like Pinnacle’s Grand Park 2 just west of Square One.
In a growing urban centre like Mississauga, these condominium apartments make excellent investments due to the constant stream of interested tenants and ever-increasing property value in Mississauga. Fair warning, however – you’re likely to be just as interested in staying put!
To take a look at condo apartments for sale or for lease in Mississauga, we recommend getting in touch with Living Realty Inc., Brokerage’s Mississauga Branch Office – a sales representative or broker who knows these neighbourhoods would be happy to provide more information, or help you find a solution that fits your needs.