Regional Council approves motion to join Town and Gown Association of Ontario

Regional Council approves motion to join Town and Gown Association of Ontario

Release Date: Dec 18, 2017

Regional Council voted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in support of a motion that gives Halton Region General Membership status in the Town and Gown Association of Ontario (TGAO). The TGAO’s mandate is to develop and enhance relationships between post-secondary institutions and the communities that host them. The motion, which was introduced by Councillor Tom Adams, gives Halton four (4) voting memberships to participate in TGAO’s activities to promote vibrant, cohesive communities. The appointed members include Councillors Tom Adams, Mike Cluett, Jack Dennison and Jeff Knoll.

“Halton’s partnership with TGAO will help strengthen the relationship between campuses and Halton communities making Halton an attractive post-secondary educational hub,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “This partnership will boost educational opportunities and contribute to economic growth in our community.”

“We look forward to working with TGAO to address issues of common interest, such as student housing, by facilitating open communication and collaboration between the post-secondary institutions we host and the communities we serve,” said Councillor Tom Adams.

Halton Region hosts campuses for Sheridan College and McMaster University, and planning is underway for a post-secondary campus in Milton. Some of the identified issues of common interest include neighbourhood development and student housing, community relations, health and safety, recreational and cultural events among others. Halton joins Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Kingston, London, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Orillia, Oshawa, Stratford, City of Waterloo, Region of Waterloo and Windsor as a general member of the Town and Gown Association of Ontario.

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