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Ontario Boosts Medical School Spaces Across Province

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Ontario Boosts Medical School Spaces Across Province

McGuinty Government Training More Doctors, Building A Healthier Ontario

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is boosting the number of first year medical students across the province, beginning this September, to build a healthier Ontario.

The province will train more doctors by creating 100 new first year spaces at five medical schools over the next three years.  The majority of the students will study in the new community-based campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, St. Catharines, Mississauga and Windsor.  

The Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will admit seven more students for a total of 28 first year students in September. The campus, a satellite of McMaster University, will also receive almost $2.1 million to build additional classrooms, buy training and IT equipment and library resources.

Community-based undergraduate campuses allow medical students to take much of their education in smaller urban centres, which increases the likelihood that these students will ultimately practice in those communities. 

Quick Facts

  • By 2011, the government will have created 260 new first year medical school spaces, a 38 per cent increase since 2004-05.
  • Ontario’s six medical schools will welcome 952 first year students when all of the new seats are added by September 2011.
  • New spaces are being created at five medical schools and nine locations.
  • The province is investing $35 million over three years to help medical schools build the specialized rooms, labs, and equipment they need to train our future doctors.

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“Ontario must train more doctors, and we're helping meet that demand today with 100 new first-year medical spaces at our medical schools. We're creating more opportunities for our local students to train closer to home, connect with the local medical community and prepare for careers where they study.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The McGuinty government is working hard to improve access to physicians for Ontarians – right here where they need it. Today’s increase in medical student spaces will ensure our success continues to build in the years to come.”

David Caplan

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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