Barrie approves land strategy for university campus

February 14, 2012

Barrie city council has approved a strategy to buy land for a university campus, even if the Ontario government has not decided it will go there. The strategy allows city officials to negotiate to buy 6 properties identified only in a confidential report, and to be able to sign conditional offers of purchase. Government sources told the Toronto Star in September that the Liberals' proposed undergraduate campuses would be satellites of existing institutions, with Barrie, Milton, and Brampton identified as sites to be picked, although Ontario has not confirmed these sites. Barrie has already committed $14 million to the downtown campus, which Laurentian University wants to open in September 2020. Barrie Examiner