What is Colleges Ontario?

Colleges Ontario is the advocacy organization for the province’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology.

Colleges Ontario is committed to the future strength of the province and the country. We advance policies and awareness campaigns to ensure Ontario produces the highly skilled workforce that is essential to our province’s prosperity.

We are committed to an Ontario where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.


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What's New?

News release - Ontario approves expansion of engineering degrees at colleges

Colleges will be creating new engineering degree programs in highly specialized areas.

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Globe and Mail - McDonald's training is now a path to a college diploma

McDonald's employees with management training can now pursue business programs at Ontario's colleges.

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News release - Northern College president Fred Gibbons is new chair of Colleges Ontario

Northern College president Fred Gibbons has begun a two-year term as chair, as colleges advocate in areas such as apprenticeship reform and promoting a cleaner economy.

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News release - Colleges urge government to implement highly skilled workforce panel's key recommendations

The province must reform apprenticeship training and help more post-secondary students acquire career-specific qualifications and skills.

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QP Briefing - Ontario must approve stand-alone nursing degrees at colleges

Stand-alone nursing degree programs will strengthen health-care education, says Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.

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News release - Campaign launched for Ontario colleges' 50th anniversary in 2017

A new website and publicity campaign have been launched to promote the upcoming 50th anniversary of Ontario's college system in 2017.

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News release - Climate change activist Bill McKibben to speak at 2016 Higher Education Summit

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben – an internationally recognized leader in the fight against climate change – will be one of the featured speakers at the Higher Education Summit in Toronto this November.

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News release - Research finds 84 per cent of college graduates secure employment within six months

New Key Performance Indicators confirm college education is an effective pathway to the workforce.

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Maclean's - Why colleges are increasingly being seen as the smart choice

Colleges will play a central role in closing the skills gap and helping more people find rewarding careers.

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Quick Links


2016 Higher Education Summit

Higher Education Summit November 20-21
2016 Premier's Awards November 21
College Centre of Board Excellence

Book of Experts

Opportunities in Ireland

Business, education and labour leaders unite to address Ontario's looming workforce shortage.