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More Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education In Ottawa

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More Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education In Ottawa

McGuinty Government Helping Increase Enrolment, Improve Sustainability

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is providing additional support to Ottawa-area colleges and universities to further enhance the high-quality education they provide to a growing number of students.

The five postsecondary institutions in Ottawa are receiving additional funding this year as part of the McGuinty government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth.

To help support enrolment and programs for students this year, The University of Ottawa will receive $11.8 million, Carleton University $2 million, Dominican University College $50,000, Algonquin College $3.9 million, and La Cité collégiale $939,000. 

Quick Facts

  • More than 80,000 students are currently enrolled at Ottawa's colleges and universities.
  • Ontario's universities will receive an additional $105 million in 2009-10.
  • Ontario's colleges will receive an additional $50 million in 2009-10.
  • The government's Open Ontario Plan will raise the number of Ontarian's with a postsecondary education credential to 70 per cent.

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“Our Open Ontario plan recognizes the importance of ensuring we have the highly skilled and educated workers we need to compete in the new economy. Our government wants to ensure students receive the education they need to reach their full potential and succeed in the future.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“We recognize our colleges and universities have experienced larger enrolment growth due to the current economic environment. Today's additional funding will help Ottawa's colleges and universities continue to provide our students with a quality education.”

Madeleine Meilleur

MPP Ottawa-Vanier

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