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Helping Ontario Youth Succeed in School

McGuinty Government Continues To Support Pathways to Education

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping more young people graduate from high school and realize their passion in college, university or a trade.

Provincial funding is being extended to Pathways to Education Canada  to continue to provide active mentoring, tutoring, and financial support to students in Grades 9 through 12 from low-income communities in Ottawa, Kitchener, Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto.

Pathways to Education has helped almost 4,000 young people stay in school, get the credits they need to graduate and go on to college or university, or learn a trade.  In Regent Park with the help of Pathways the high school drop out rate has decreased by more than 70 per cent since the program began.

Support for Pathways to Education is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help every student succeed and build a knowledge-based economy for the future.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $28.5 million over three years to Pathways to Education.
  • Pathways to Education received more than $19 million in funding over the past four years from the Ontario government.
  • Regent Park's Pathways to Education program currently has 936 students enrolled.
  • In Regent Park, 81 per cent of high school students graduate, compared to 20 per cent before Pathways to Education began.
  • Nearly 600 Pathways graduates are continuing on to postsecondary studies or entering the workforce.
  • More than 80 per cent of Pathway's graduates are now in colleges and universities, of these, more than 90 per cent are the first in their families to go on to postsecondary education.

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“Increasing access to postsecondary education is part of our goal to help all Ontarians succeed in the new economy. For the past decade, programs like Pathways to Education have helped many disadvantaged students graduate, go on to postsecondary education, be successful in their studies and reach their full potential.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The Government of Ontario has demonstrated a real commitment to the future of our students by investing early on in the Pathways to Education program, which is reinforced by today's announcement. Their support has enabled Pathways to replicate its successful model, which has drawn attention from across Canada and abroad for its innovative solutions to reducing high school dropout rates, increasing access to post-secondary and ultimately to unlocking the full potential of our youth.”

David Hughes

President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathways to Education Canada

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