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News Releases - 2009


Toronto rappers ‘spit’ about value of college education

Six high-profile Toronto rappers, including Famous and Rochester, performed at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto today to help encourage students to think about their plans for furthering their education after high school.


Ontario’s colleges introduce new contract for full-time faculty

Ontario’s colleges announced today that they will introduce a new contract for full-time faculty that provides a salary increase of approximately eight per cent over four years.


Ontario's colleges applaud apprenticeship announcement

Ontario’s colleges applaud the provincial government’s announcement today of new investments into apprenticeship training.


Enrolment at Ontario colleges jumps seven per cent in 2009

For the third year in a row, Ontario's colleges have experienced a significant increase in first-year full-time enrolment with a seven per cent increase in 2009, according to figures released today by Colleges Ontario.


Applications to college jump more than eight per cent

Applications to first-year full-time programs at Ontario’s 24 colleges have increased 8.54 per cent this year as more people pursue postsecondary education to help them fulfill their career ambitions.


Colleges welcome investments into infrastructure improvements

Ontario’s colleges welcome the federal and Ontario governments’ announcement today of an additional $450 million to improve colleges and universities, said Anne Sado, the chair of Colleges Ontario and president of George Brown College.


Colleges applaud funding for infrastructure improvements

The announcement today of more than $1 billion in funding for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities in Ontario is an important investment into higher education, said Colleges Ontario president and CEO Linda Franklin.


College presidents say infrastructure dollars needed now

The presidents of Ontario’s 24 colleges say infrastructure projects may be in jeopardy if government funding for the projects doesn’t start flowing immediately.


Ontario must commit to doubling apprenticeship completion rate

The Ontario government must protect apprenticeship training during the recession and commit to doubling the number of people who successfully complete apprenticeship programs by 2020, says a new report from business, education and labour leaders.


Investments into applied research promote economic growth

The Ontario government’s 2009 budget investment into applied research marks an important commitment to innovation that will create new economic opportunities, the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) said today.


College graduates continue to get jobs

An Ontario college education continues to provide an excellent pathway to success in the workforce, the most recent independently collected provincial data shows.


Budget will enhance college sector

Colleges Ontario, which represents the province’s 24 public-funded colleges, says the 2009 provincial budget is good news for the college sector, its students and the economy.


Tuition report highlights cost pressures at colleges

The Educational Policy Institute report predicting dramatic tuition hikes in Canada raises an urgent red flag about the underfunding pressures faced at Ontario's colleges and other institutions.


Colleges applaud recommendation for improved access

The Ontario government should move forward on a recommendation from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to create greater access to postsecondary education and particularly degrees, Ontario’s colleges said today.


Colleges launch first-ever TV ads aimed at parents' biases

Ontario's college sector has launched its first-ever provincewide television advertising campaign today with ads aimed at parents' biases about college and university.


Ontario must also invest in college infrastructure projects

The presidents of Ontario’s 24 colleges are urging the Ontario government to follow Ottawa’s lead and invest in college infrastructure projects in this year’s provincial budget.


Colleges experience major jump in applications

There was a 10 per cent jump in applications to programs that start in January at Ontario’s 24 public colleges, figures released today by Colleges Ontario confirmed.