Ontario’s colleges say budget commitments will produce a more highly skilled workforce

Monday, May 1, 2017

TIMMINS, ON: Measures announced in the 2017 Ontario Budget will allow more students to acquire the professional and technical qualifications to pursue rewarding careers, Ontario’s colleges said today.

“The budget reinforces the government’s commitment to helping more students get the expertise and experience to pursue rewarding careers,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “It reaffirms the pivotal role that colleges play in student success.”

Measures announced in the 2017 Ontario Budget include:

  • Exploring new opportunities to improve access to apprenticeship programs.
  • Increasing the funding to support college sustainability by an extra $10 million this year. The increase will be $16.5 million by 2018-19.
  • Developing a new website to provide better information about careers and the labour market to students, parents and employers.
  • Enhancing student assistance so that recent graduates won’t have to pay the provincial portion of their OSAP loans until they’re earning at least $35,000 a year.
  • Reaffirming the investment of $190 million over three years in the Career Kick-Start Strategy to help more students and graduates get work-related experiences as part of their education.
  • Recalibrating the Second Career retraining program for laid-off workers.

“Producing a more highly skilled workforce is essential as new technology and innovations transform our economy,” Gibbons said. “This budget will help enhance the programs and services that Northern College provides and thereby contribute to economic growth and strengthening our communities.”

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Media Contact:
Mélanie Watson
Marketing and Communications Officer
705.235.3211 x2276
watsonm@northern.on.ca