Contexts

The revised Strategic Framework is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Founded in 1967 as a college of the U of T, with one building, 155 students and 68 employees, Erindale College became U of T Mississauga, a distinct campus, in 2003 and developed quickly as U of T’s second largest division, with fifteen departments, three academic institutes, and more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs.

A visual representation of UTM's Strategic Framework
A visual representation of UTM's Strategic Framework

In 2022, UTM is home to 1,250 continuing faculty, librarians and staff, and 16,100 students, including almost 4,500 international students, who come to study here from more than 100 countries around the world. Our internationally renowned researchers and world-class staff and students enhance U of T’s standing as one of the world’s best universities and Ontario’s reputation as a global leader in post-secondary education.

We ground UTM’s global campus in our Mississauga location—and in the responsibility engrained in the land on which we work. UTM is situated on the traditional lands of the Wendat and the Seneca, on the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It stands alongside the Missinnihe, the trusting creek, called the Credit River by European colonists who traded goods on credit here, with Indigenous peoples who have travelled and cared for these waters and lands from time immemorial. UTM seeks to lives up to this place’s name, through a commitment to truth and Indigenous reconciliation. We strive to address the legacies of colonialism that have raised some histories and achievements over others and given some people more opportunities to thrive. We work to remove barriers and create opportunities for equity-deserving groups and to solve global challenges by championing diverse ways of knowing.

We have a special responsibility to foster inclusive achievement where we are, in Mississauga and in Peel. As the only comprehensive research and teaching university in a region of 1.51 million people, we provide students in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon—and in Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills and Burlington—with unique opportunities for personal, intellectual and professional development. Our region is stratified by inequality: 52% of neighborhoods meet the definition of low income. In this context, UTM makes a critical contribution to social mobility and the public good. We create more than $1.3 billion annually in economic growth and design teaching, research and engagement programs to give back to a community that gives so much to us.

We also leverage our location to enrich our contribution to U of T’s mission of inclusive excellence and to build connections of national and international importance. As the heart of Canada’s supply chain, and the centre of Canadian industries in life sciences and advanced manufacturing, Peel links intellectual and material communities from coast to coast to coast. Peel is home to many Canadian newcomers: 50% of our 1.51M residents speak a first language other than English.

Like UTM and U of T, our region is a microcosm of the world’s vibrant diversity. We maximize these opportunities, leaning into initiatives—in robotics and medicinal chemistry, global humanities and new arts and media, and inclusive entrepreneurship—that complement our region’s strengths.

We also confront our region’s outsize challenges. The pressure of economic injustice and historical underinvestment in the region’s social services and infrastructure affects Peel’s residents unequally. Our region continues to suffer a disproportionate burden of chronic illness. UTM forges partnerships across the U of T tricampus to address these inequities. The UTM-based Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations promotes new approaches to diabetes prevention and care in Mississauga with
U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Temerty Faculty of Medicine. We work alongside anchor institutions in Peel, including Peel Public Health and Trillium Health Partners, Canada’s largest community hospital system, with whom U of T runs the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, bringing world-class doctors and allied health professionals to Peel—and convincing them to stay.

Our commitment to equitable healthcare locally matches our leadership in environmental care globally. Climate change, biodiversity and species loss, and urban environmental resilience require urgent action. We’re proud to run a campus of the first university in Canada to divest from fossil fuels. We look forward to taking similarly bold steps going forward, through the work of our Centre for Urban Environments, and as we align with U of T’s Low-Carbon Action Plan and implement our own Sustainability Strategic Plan, decreasing our GHG emissions by 37% before 2030 and becoming a climate positive operation before 2050.

In all this work, we seek to make good on the responsibilities articulated in our Latin motto: tantum nobis creditum, so much has been entrusted to us. On our beautiful campus, by the Missinihe, UTM has been entrusted with stewarding natural environments toward a sustainable future; educating critical thinkers and courageous innovators; discovering research solutions to pressing problems; building community wellbeing; and walking the path towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We must fulfill the trust that our students have placed in us by honouring the better futures that they will help create.