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Ontario Investing $9 Million to Help More Adult Learners Succeed

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Ontario Investing $9 Million to Help More Adult Learners Succeed

Province Improving Access to High Quality Adult Education Programs

Ministry of Education

Ontario will invest up to $9 million over the next three years to help more adult learners across the province get the high school education they need to succeed and be part of a skilled workforce.

Close to 800,000 adults in Ontario do not have a high school diploma. Currently, an estimated 44,000 adult learners with diverse needs are enrolled in Ministry of Education adult education programs across the province.

To help ensure that adult learners have access to the same high quality programs and services, regardless of where they live, the new funding will help school boards:

  • Create partnerships with other boards at the regional level
  • Build on the creative initiatives that are already happening at school boards
  • Research, develop and share best practices and opportunities
  • Ensure high school programs for adults are flexible and responsive to their needs and goals
  • Strengthen the school boards' ability to recognize prior learning and experience of adult learners.

Helping adult learners succeed is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • This investment is part of Ontario’s Adult Education Strategy.
  • In 2013–14, Ontario invested $94.4 million to help 64 school boards support adult and continuing education programs, and recognize prior learning for mature students.
  • Funding for adult and continuing education programs has increased by about $26 million, or 40 per cent, since 2003.
  • The Ministry of Education’s Adult Education Strategy supports the commitment made to adult education as part of Achieving Excellence, Ontario’s renewed vision for education.

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“We want adult learners in every region of the province to have access to consistent, high quality adult education programs and services. Our Adult Education Strategy will help school boards and their partners find new and innovative ways to deliver flexible and responsive programs and services that accommodate the diverse needs of today’s adult learner.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

“I was so pleased to lead regional consultations with school boards and adult education stakeholders earlier this year to hear first-hand about the need to build on our successes and work together as we make improvements in key areas of adult education programs through the Adult Education Strategy.”

Grant Crack

MPP for Glengarry Prescott Russell

“We applaud Ontario’s support of adult education in our province. The job market is constantly changing, and for our province to stay competitive, we need to help more adult learners achieve their goals and be part of a skilled and educated workforce.”

Bernadette Beaupré

Executive Director, The Ontario Association of Adult & Continuing Education School Board Administrators

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