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OCAD To Add University To Its Name

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OCAD To Add University To Its Name

McGuinty Government Strengthens Support For Province's Art & Design Institution

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) could soon add "university" to its name.

The government is today proposing amendments to the Ontario College of Art and Design Act, which, if passed will give official university status to OCAD.

OCAD has been able to grant bachelor and masters degrees since 2002 and the new amendments would reflect the academic evolution of the institution.  Through the proposed amendments to the Act, the institution's name would become the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The Act would also officially recognize the role of the chancellor and modify the powers of the current board to recognize the creation of an academic senate.

This is part of the McGuinty government's new five-year Open Ontario plan to create new opportunities for jobs and growth. OCAD has forged strong ties with industry leaders in the creative, information and communication technology sectors. It is a key player in supporting Ontario's innovation economy.

Quick Facts

  • With more than 3,500 students, OCAD is one of the largest professional art and design institutions in North America.
  • In 2009-10, the government has invested $3.1 billion in operating costs for Ontario universities.
  • The government's Open Ontario plan will raise the number of Ontarians with a postsecondary education credential to 70 per cent.

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“Our Open Ontario plan recognizes the importance of having a highly skilled and educated workforce. Known for its innovation and links with a variety of arts and technology sectors, OCAD is producing graduates with the skills and competencies to meet the demands of the new economy.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



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