Ontario Partners with Northern Colleges to Expand Access to In-Demand Programs

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Ontario is helping six northern colleges work together to expand access to in-demand programs and improve student access to education in the North.

Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Confederation College, Northern College and Sault College are designing and delivering shared programming to improve and expand access to training opportunities in eight subject areas — business, hospitality, media arts, health, community services, technology, trades and aviation.

Ontario’s investment in the Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project will help the colleges work together to:
• Streamline resources to ensure long-term financial stability
• Use their proven experience in technology-enabled learning to provide more students with access to postsecondary education
• Improve the quality and efficiency of administrative and service delivery such as IT, program scheduling, curriculum generation and registration functions

Helping improve postsecondary education in northern Ontario is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“We understand and appreciate that our northern postsecondary institutions face unique challenges in the postsecondary sector, so it’s important that the province continues to provide support in a smart way. Through this investment, these six colleges will collaborate more effectively and help improve access to a high-quality education for students — regardless of where they live.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“All Ontarians should be able to benefit from a postsecondary education. By helping Ontario’s northern colleges work together to deliver shared programming, more students will receive the training they need to compete for quality employment opportunities.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

“It’s encouraging to see these six northern colleges come together to share best practices, streamline their resources and look hard at ways that they can drive quality in the system. We want to make sure that every student in Ontario has access to a world-class education and quality overall experience, and this investment will help us continue to achieve that goal in northern Ontario.”
— Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“The Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project is a significant development for northern Ontario, because it creates more options for students looking to study in their home communities. By colleges sharing in the delivery of specified programming, we are making what would otherwise be low-enrolment programs more sustainable throughout the north while simultaneously reducing overall costs. It’s truly a win-win for everyone involved.”
— Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College

• Ontario is investing $3.6 million over three years for the program.
• The colleges are making an in-kind investment of $1.2 million over three years to support the new collaborative programming model.
• In August 2014, Ontario announced an investment of $3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to help the six northern colleges market the North as a place for students to study and find work.
• Operating grants provided to Ontario’s northern colleges have increased from $122 million in 2002-03 to $182 million in 2013-14 — an increase of 49 per cent.


Northern Colleges Work Together to Expand Programs
Enhancing college enrolment across northern Ontario
Operating grants issued to colleges and universities


Media Contact:
Pierrette Fortier
Executive Assistant, Office of the President and Board of Governors