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Supporting Students, Strengthening The Economy

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario's highly skilled workforce is the key to the province's success in today's knowledge-based economy. It's estimated that over the next decade, seven out of every 10 new jobs created in Ontario will require postsecondary education or training.

To ensure that more Ontarians get the education and skills they need to help Ontario compete and win, the McGuinty government is creating almost 3,300 new graduate spaces.

Ontario's seven largest research universities will receive about 75 per cent of the new spaces:

University of Guelph 232 University of Toronto 588
McMaster University 338 University of Waterloo 461
University of Ottawa 277 University of Western Ontario 504
Queen's University 97

Nine other universities in Ontario, along with the Ontario College of Art & Design, will receive the other additional spaces.

Carleton University67Trent University26
Lakehead University 49 University of Ontario Institute of Technology97
Laurentian University 33 University of Windsor4
Ontario College of Art & Design6Wilfrid Laurier University68
Ryerson University289York University168

This investment is just part of the government's commitment to supporting graduate students in Ontario. Other initiatives include:

  • Investing $132.5 million to fund new Ontario Graduate Fellowships to support outstanding master's and doctoral students.
  • Supporting Ontario Graduate Scholarships for students in all disciplines. These annual scholarships are worth up to $15,000 and are provided to more than 2,000 students each year.
  • Investing almost $17 million over four years to establish internships for 1,750 postgraduate students with leading employers across Ontario in partnership with ACCELERATE Ontario, an initiative of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS).

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