By Fred Gibbons,
President of Northern College
Youth out-migration has been a challenge for our region for decades.
Some of this is natural. Many young people leave their home communities because they’re looking for new cultural or life experiences. This happens everywhere.
What is unique to our part of Ontario, however, is a lack of access to undergraduate education. Young people looking to earn an English-language degree have few choices but to leave our communities to do so. Many of these youth choose not to return.
We’ve been here before.