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Investing in Aboriginal Students

McGuinty Government Building Tomorrow's Highly Skilled Workforce

Aboriginal postsecondary students across the province will benefit from new student bursaries and enhanced programs and services.

The Ontario government has created a bursary program to help Aboriginal students in financial need attend college, university or Aboriginal postsecondary institutions in the province.  The government is also funding a range of Aboriginal student support services, including career counselling, mentoring and Elders in residence - a program enabling Elders to share their wisdom and experience with students.

The government's efforts are aimed at ensuring that more Aboriginal students pursue and succeed in postsecondary education.

Quick Facts

  • The government is investing $26.4 million in Aboriginal postsecondary education in 2009-10.
  • There are nine Aboriginal postsecondary institutions in Ontario.
  • About 11,000 Aboriginal students were enrolled in Ontario postsecondary institutions last year.

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“By helping Aboriginal students get the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, we can help them reach their full potential and we can build the highly skilled workforce we need to make our province more competitive and ensure that all Ontarians prosper.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation

“This funding will create opportunities, support services and remove barriers for Aboriginal students to pursue postsecondary education. It will help to close the education gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and provide greater success and opportunities for future generations of Aboriginal students.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Ontario universities are strongly committed and engaged in ensuring the success of Aboriginal students and we welcome initiatives like this one which help to advance this goal. We look forward to continuing our work with the Ontario government in improving Aboriginal Peoples' access to, participation in, and completion of postsecondary education.”

Bonnie Patterson

President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities

“Ontario's colleges congratulate the government for this important announcement. This will help greater numbers of Aboriginal students to pursue higher education and to fulfill their ambitions.”

Linda Franklin

President and CEO, Colleges Ontario

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