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.


Highlights of the Ontario colleges' 50th anniversary

Learn all about the provincewide celebration of the Ontario college system's 50th anniversary in 2017.


Ontario colleges: Powering a high-performance economy

Colleges work closely with businesses to produce graduates with the professional qualifications for the new economy. Watch the video to learn more.


Want to go to college?

Are you looking to apply to an Ontario public college? Click on the banner:

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Let's Keep in touch

What's New?

News release - Ontario's 24 colleges approve new free speech policy

Colleges have adopted a new policy that promotes the open discussion of diverse ideas and respecting everyone's right to express their opinions.

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News release - New online program provides management training to tradespeople

This first-of-its-kind online management-training program will create new career opportunities for people in the trades.

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News release - Ontario recognizes outstanding college graduates

Congratulations to the eight recipients of the 2018 Premier's Awards for outstanding college graduates.

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News release - Research shows 86 per cent of college graduates employed within six months

The latest key performance indicators for Ontario's colleges show college education continues to provide a clear gateway to great careers.

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Toronto Star - Skilled trades and apprenticeship system to be modernized, province says

The current system is "awash in red tape," says Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.

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News release - Colleges Ontario applauds Ford government’s actions to improve skills training

New measures announced by the Ford government to help more people pursue careers in the trades will help close Ontario's skills gap.

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News release - Durham College president Don Lovisa is new chair of Colleges Ontario

Don Lovisa, the president of Durham College, has started a two-year term as the new chair of Colleges Ontario.

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2018 Environmental Scan now available

Updated data are available on student and graduate profiles, college resources, and graduates in the economy.

Click here to get the reports.

Hamilton Spectator - Ontario must address crippling shortage of apprentices

The province can produce more apprentices by expanding the colleges' application service to include apprentices, says Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.

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Globe and Mail - The kids aren't alright: It's time to get serious and invest in student mental health

Morneau Shepell president Stephen Liptrap calls for improved funding to support mental health services on campuses.

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