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Ontario Boosts Grad Spaces Across The Province

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Ontario Boosts Grad Spaces Across The Province

McGuinty Government Supporting Students, Strengthening The Economy

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is building a stronger workforce by boosting the number of graduate students in the province.

The Province will invest $51.6 million to create almost 3,300 new graduate spaces over the next three years. The new spaces will enable more students to study for careers in high-demand sectors such as engineering and environmental studies.

This investment builds on the government's $6.2-billion Reaching Higher plan for postsecondary education. By expanding professional and research-based graduate programs, this investment supports innovation in Ontario's knowledge-based economy and improves the province's competitive position globally.

Quick Facts

  • This investment will create 1,925 new master's spaces and 1,373 new PhD spaces.
  • By 2011-12, the McGuinty government will be investing $221.6 million annually to support the creation of over 15,000 new graduate spaces.
  • This latest investment means the government is exceeding its original commitment of 14,000 new graduate spaces by 2009-10.

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“Ontario's highly skilled workforce is our province's greatest asset. By helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy and attract the kind of jobs and investment that will build prosperity for all Ontario families.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



Education and Training