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MILTON CELEBRATES PROVINCIAL FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WILFRID LAURIER SITE

The Town of Milton welcomes today’s announcement by the Ontario government giving final approval and financial support to Laurier to expand access to post-secondary education in Milton and the surrounding region.The provincial commitment of $90 million will help Laurier establish an innovative academic centre of excellence in Milton. Laurier, in partnership with Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, is eager to bring academic programming to this fast-growing community on the west side of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Building on its sector-leading expertise in Science, Technology, Mathematics and the Arts, Laurier’s Milton site will introduce complementary Engineering undergraduate programs linking students to highly skilled STEAM opportunities.“We are thrilled by today’s news and grateful for the Ontario government’s ongoing investment in post-secondary education,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s president and vice-chancellor. “Laurier and the Town of Milton have been working towards this goal for more than a decade. I want to thank our municipal colleagues, area residents and our many partners who have worked so hard to bring post-secondary education to this vibrant community.”Laurier has collaborated with the Town of Milton since 2008 to develop plans for an integrated educational, research, residential and commercial neighbourhood known as the Milton Education Village (MEV).The future MEV, a 400-acre purpose-built, fully-integrated neighbourhood adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment, will be home to Laurier and Conestoga. At the heart of the MEV is a 150-acre parcel dedicated to higher education, research and innovation. This parcel, consisting of 50 developable acres and 100 acres of protected Greenbelt lands valued at $50 million, was donated to Laurier by the Town of Milton to help facilitate the creation of a post-secondary site in the community.“On behalf of the entire community, I am thrilled to congratulate Wilfrid Laurier University on their successful proposal to build a STEAM-focused, post-secondary site in Milton,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “In a world of life-long learning, the Milton Education Village is a game-changer for our community and we couldn’t have better partners than Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College.”Building on the successful partnership between Laurier and Conestoga in Brantford, the expansion to Milton will replicate the delivery of innovative programming, improved student pathways and the seamless provision of student services.“We appreciate the Government of Ontario’s investment in the Laurier-Conestoga partnership in Milton,” said Conestoga College President John Tibbits. “We look forward to working with our academic, industry and government partners to deliver relevant, accessible, career-focused learning programs that support the needs of the community, contribute to personal and professional success, and contribute to economic growth for the region.”Laurier plans to enrol its first students in September 2019 in leased space, with a new building projected to open for the 2021-22 academic year, ultimately serving over 2,000 students.“Laurier’s academic programs in Milton – with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – will meet a growing need for science and technology graduates in the innovation corridor between Waterloo Region and Toronto,” MacLatchy said. “Laurier’s strength in delivering integrated and experiential learning opportunities will ensure these graduates will possess the technological skills as well as the critical thinking and humanistic skills needed for a modern knowledge economy.”                                                                  – 30 –For media inquiries, please contact:  Jenna PattersonAdvisor, Communications & Marketing905-878-7252 x2154media2018@milton.ca 

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - YATES DRIVE: THOMPSON ROAD TO BENNETT BOULEVARD

The Town of Milton, in conjunction with Pacific Paving, will be reconstructing Yates Drive, which will consist of granular base, an asphalt surface, sub drains and curb replacement.In order to expedite this work, Yates Drive will be closed in two stages. Traffic will be detoured via Thompson Road South, Derry Road, Armstrong Boulevard, Bennett Boulevard and Clark Boulevard.Stage 1: Yates Drive, between Thompson Road South and March Crossing – Monday, April 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. – Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.Stage 2: Yates Drive, between March Crossing and Bennett Boulevard – Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. – Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.For a map and details, please see the attached notice. 

MILTON ADDS PARKING TO MYMILTON MOBILE APP

News Release-Milton is adding street parking exceptions and parking ticket payment features to the myMILTON mobile app, placing parking in the palm of your hand.If residents, their guests or contractors need to park on the street in excess of five hours or overnight between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., they can now register their parking exception through the mobile app, up to a maximum of 18 street parking exceptions per plate per year. Paying a parking ticket is now also more convenient by using the app instead of needing to access a computer or visit Town Hall. Recent upgrades to the Town’s parking systems software have also contributed to an improved online experience on the Town’s website.Since the app was first released in early July 2017, over 6,000 unique users have downloaded the app, with total page views surpassing 180,800. The most popular app feature is the drop-in schedules, accounting for 37.1% of the app usage, followed by news (13.2%) and events (11.7%).The app also features a click and fix photo tool to report and submit service requests, such as traffic light outages, graffiti incidents and by-law issues. Additional features include access to the Milton Public Library catalogue, a transit trip planner and Halton Region’s waste schedule. The myMILTON mobile app is available through the iTunes and Google Play stores. More information and links to download the app can be found at www.milton.ca/myMILTON.- 30 -For media inquiries, please contact:Hazel CarlinAdvisor, Communications & Marketing905-878-7252 x2166media2018@milton.ca 

TOWN OF MILTON IS HIGH FIVE® ACCREDITED FOR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

News Release The Town of Milton has once again been recognized for its dedication to providing exceptional recreation and sport programming for children by becoming HIGH FIVE® accredited.HIGH FIVE® accreditation is the benchmark for excellence in children's recreation and sport programming. It distinguishes those organizations that focus on healthy development of children, resulting in programs of the highest recognized levels of quality and safety.The Town has taken several steps to align its sport and recreation programs with the principles of HIGH FIVE®. A number of these initiatives were recognized through the accreditation process, including:• The use of “parent cards” to help establish familiarity and foster positive relationships between staff members and parents of participants• Coordinated training sessions with summer camp and aquatic staff to provide a higher level of safety for children in the pool environment• The creation of Move More Sports, an affordable programming option aimed at the development of fundamental movement skillsAbout HIGH FIVE®HIGH FIVE® is Canada's quality standard for children's recreation and sport. HIGH FIVE® is committed to assisting children along the path of healthy child development by ensuring that recreation and sport practitioners develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development; helping parents to make informed choices and providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality. To learn more about HIGH FIVE®, visit http://www.highfive.org/To learn about the Town’s recreation and sport offerings, visit www.milton.ca - 30 -For media inquiries, please contact: Tracy HasselfeldtAdvisor, Communications & Marketing905-878-7252 x2196media2018@milton.ca

RECALL FOR KIDDE DUAL-SENSOR SMOKE ALARMS

Kidde is recalling Dual-Sensor Smoke Alarms (models PI2010CA and PI9010CA) manufactured September 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017. The model number and date code are located on the back of the unit.For details, please visit the Government of Canada website: http://ow.ly/P6Lb30j7ikQ

MILTON TRANSIT RIDERSHIP INCREASES 8% IN 2017; FEDERAL/PROVINCIAL FUNDING EXPECTED TO ENHANCE 2018 AND BEYOND

News Release -On Monday, March 19, 2018, Milton’s Committee of the Whole received a Milton Transit report with key performance indicators for the last quarter of 2017, an annual overview showing strong performance for the year and a glimpse into upcoming initiatives for 2018. Coupled with recent announcements regarding new public transit funding for Milton from the governments of Canada and Ontario, the future of Milton Transit has never been brighter.Milton will receive over $3.9 million in federal funding and over $3.2 million in provincial funding to enhance transit initiatives to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy, leading to a higher quality of life for Miltonians. In the coming months, Milton Transit staff will identify potential projects for Milton Council approval before submitting proposals to the federal-provincial program.“The federal and provincial government funding puts us ahead of the game for Milton Transit,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “The increased investment will escalate our transit service delivery and improve the travel experience for residents, employees and visitors.Ridership in the last quarter of 2017 grew by 3% compared to the same time period in the previous year, achieving over 145,000 boardings for the last three months of the year. Ridership for Milton Transit’s specialized transit program Milton access+ increased by 11% compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year, reflecting expanded eligibility requirements set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.Annual ridership increased by 8% in 2017, surpassing 0.5 million boardings for the year. Financial performance for the Milton Transit conventional system remained stable, with increases in transit expenditures offset by lower than anticipated diesel fuel prices; revenue growth remained in line with ridership growth. Sales for passes and tickets exceeded the proportion of revenue from single cash fares, indicating a trend toward increasing rider loyalty.In 2017, a number of initiatives were approved and implemented, including service changes in April that featured route modifications to improve schedule adherence, and the implementation of new routes to serve the Boyne Neighbourhood (Route 9 Ontario South) and 401 industrial areas; later evening service was introduced in September.Significant ridership growth is expected in 2018 as newly implemented initiatives continue to mature and grow, complemented by additional service enhancements planned for September of this year. New developments for this year include an update for the Transit Master Plan, covering 2018 – 2023 and a facility feasibility study to define requirements for a dedicated transit facility for bus maintenance and related infrastructure. Technology advancements include real-time bus arrival/departure information and automated passenger counting. Bus shelters and accessible bus pads will be installed for new areas with retrofitting for existing shelters. The new Milton Transit brand will continue to roll out on buses, signs and publications.More information about transit funding is available in the news release from Infrastructure Canada. Milton Transit performance details are available in the Council Report: ENG-007-18 – 2017 Milton Transit Q4 Key Performance Indicators and Annual Summary.For more information on Milton Transit, visit www.miltontransit.ca- 30 -For media inquiries, please contact: Hazel Carlin Advisor, Communications & Marketing905-878-7252 x2166media2018@milton.ca 

City Information & Statistics

Milton (2016 census population 110,128) is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada, and part of the Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area. Between 2001 and 2011 Milton was the fastest growing municipality in Canada, with a 71.4% increase in population in 2006 and another 56.5% increase in 2011. In 2016, Milton's census population was 110,128 with an estimated growth to 228,000 by 2031. Milton is located 40 km (25 mi) west of Downtown Toronto on Highway 401, and is the western terminus for the Milton line commuter train and bus corridor operated by GO Transit. Milton is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and the Bruce Trail. View More Information at Wikipedia

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