Colleges Ontario's 2019-20 annual report highlights many of the achievements from the past year and describes how the policy changes help ensure colleges will be at the forefront of Ontario's economic recovery efforts.
The Ontario government’s announcement of $25 million in emergency funding for post-secondary education is a major investment in student success as the province continues to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ontario’s colleges will be retooling their operations to establish alternate options for delivery of in-class programs and campus services.
Colleges are assessing the results of the first-ever student survey on sexual violence and sexual harassment. Following consultations with each college's task force on sexual violence, the survey results will be publicly released.
The College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance -- in collaboration with Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities -- has released a report, "In It Together 2020," on mental health challenges facing today's post-secondary students. This updated version of a report first released in 2017 continues to call for a comprehensive strategy to improve services for students.
The Ontario government’s decision to give colleges the option to deliver stand-alone nursing degree programs will produce more qualified nurses to fill key shortages in many communities.
The Ontario colleges' submission for the 2020 provincial budget -- The Future of Work in Ontario -- calls for targeted investments in priorities such as mental health and applied research. It also calls for policy measures to reduce costs such as providing colleges with the option to offer stand-alone nursing degree programs.
Ontario Labour, Training and Skills Development Minister Monte McNaughton has announced a new marketing campaign to promote the well-paying and rewarding careers in the skilled trades.
Colleges Ontario and Mitacs have announced they will collaborate on awarding up to 200 internships to college students in 2020 on applied research projects. This research will stimulate economic growth throughout the province, particularly in rural and northern communities. It will also provide new work-integrated learning opportunities to full-time college students throughout the province.
Edward Snowden – whose new memoir, “Permanent Record,” is an international bestseller – will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Higher Education Summit in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 2.
The Ontario government’s new policy to expand partnership agreements between Ontario’s colleges and private trainers will bolster the province’s efforts to produce a more highly qualified workforce.
“This moment right now is really turning out to be the first big test of Canada’s college system,” said Linda Franklin, the president of Colleges Ontario, in this Globe and Mail article.