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More Spaces For Graduate Students

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More Spaces For Graduate Students

McGuinty Government Supporting Students, Building A Highly Educated And Skilled Workforce

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is creating 6,000 new spaces for students to enrol in masters and PhD programs at universities across the province by 2015-16.

The new graduate spaces will help more students continue their studies, leading to careers in high-demand and emerging fields - such as engineering, health and environmental studies.

Expanding professional and research-based graduate programs supports innovation in Ontario's knowledge-based economy and improves the province's competitive position globally.

Ontario is putting students first by increasing spaces for graduate students. This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help every student succeed and give the province a competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.

Quick Facts

  • The 2011 Budget - Turning The Corner announced additional operating support to help create places for more than 60,000 additional students in Ontario's colleges and universities by 2015-16 - 6,000 spaces will be dedicated for graduate students.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has added an additional 15,000 graduate spaces through Reaching Higher.
  • Starting in 2011-12, the government will award 1,000 more Ontario students an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. This increases the number of Ontario graduates receiving the award and funding from 2,000 to 3,000 students.

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“In today's knowledge-based economy, it is vital that Ontario continues to support advanced research and develop a highly educated and skilled workforce. By helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy and our future.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The Ontario Government's continued investment in graduate education is excellent news for our future prosperity. Today's announcement represents another important step by the Government to expand the number of talented Masters and Doctoral students necessary to ensure a brighter tomorrow for our province.”

David Naylor

President, University of Toronto

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