The Government of Ontario announced that it is expanding medical school education to build a stronger, more resilient healthcare system, including adding 80 undergraduate seats and 95 postgraduate positions for the Ryerson University School of Medicine in Brampton when it opens in 2025.
The 2021 Ontario Budget announced financial support for developing a new institute of medical education in Brampton in partnership with Ryerson University.
In July 2021,Brampton City Council voted in favour 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. Establishing a medical school in Brampton has been a significant part of the City’s ongoing advocacy work and was included in the City’s 2022 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission.
The School of Medicine will make Brampton the home of a community-centric medical school focused on inclusivity, innovation and primary care.
The school will be designed around five pillars:
• Community centric primary care and the social determinants of health
• Providing culturally respectful care to communities
• Leveraging innovation to improve quality of care and patient outcomes
• Providing future physicians with the skills to develop inter-professional networks of health care to achieve better outcomes for patients
• Supporting seniors as a growing portion of our society gets older
On January 22, 2020, the City of Brampton declared a healthcare emergency and launched its advocacy campaign, “Fair Deal for Brampton” – requesting additional funding from the Province to bridge Brampton’s healthcare gap. This announcement and the expansion of Peel Memorial helps address the healthcare emergency in Brampton and will ensure that the next generation of healthcare practitioners can train locally in the city.
The School of Medicine will address the current pain points in the healthcare system in Brampton and across the province, both of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. A shared vision for a School of Medicine in Brampton builds on existing partnerships between the University and the City of Brampton, including the Cybersecure Catalyst and the Brampton Ventures Zone.
For more information about Ryerson University’s School of Medicine, visit: https://www.ryerson.ca/brampton/school-of-medicine/