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Strong Action On Education

McGuinty Government Launches 2012 Progress Report

Ministry of Education

Ontario is building a strong workforce by investing in education. This fall, a total of about 120,000 children will be enrolled in full-day kindergarten - and thousands of students heading to college or university will get 30% off their Ontario tuition.

These are among the achievements detailed in Ontario's 2012 Progress Report. The annual Progress Report shows how Ontario is achieving educational excellence that is recognized around the world.

Ontario's education achievements include:

  • Graduating more high school students than ever before - up to 82 per cent from 68 per cent in 2003. 
  • Expanding the Specialist High Skills Major program - 38,000 high school students will participate this fall in 19 majors, including aviation, aerospace and food processing.
  • Increasing Ontario's university enrolment - up 46 per cent. College enrolment is up 24 per cent.
  • Creating more spaces for first-year medical students - 260 in the past eight years.

Ontario is making significant investments in education, recognizing that workers must have the skills to help build a vibrant economy and a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

Quick Facts

  • Nine years ago, only 31 per cent of primary classes had 20 or fewer students. Today, it is 91 per cent.
  • About 120,000 apprentices are learning a trade today - nearly 60,000 more than in 2003.
  • Ontario is expanding, modernizing and renewing its colleges and universities, adding seven college skills training facilities, 49 new partnerships with the federal government through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and investing in 24 major capital projects at colleges and universities.

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“Working together with students, parents and teachers, we have made Ontario a leader in education. We are focused on giving our students the best possible classroom experience because we know the education of our children is the best investment in Ontario's future prosperity.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

“Ontario's universities and colleges, ranked among the world's best, provide a training ground for the next generation of innovators, nurturing new ideas that will help stimulate the economy. Our investments in postsecondary education and training are also helping develop the skilled workforce that Ontario needs to compete - and win - in the future.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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