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Helping More Students Stay in School and Graduate

McGuinty Government Continues to Support Pathways to Education

Ontario is helping more young people graduate from high school and go on to university, college or to learn a trade.

The province is making its funding of Pathways to Education Canada permanent.  Pathways offers academic, financial and social supports to high school students from low-income communities in Ottawa, Kitchener, Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto.

This year, Pathways to Education is helping more than 4,700 students stay in school and get the credits they need to graduate. Since the program began in 2001:

  • High school graduation rates among participants have more than doubled.
  • The rate of participants going to college or university has increased by 300 per cent.

Helping Ontario students succeed in school and graduate is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build the best-educated workforce in the world.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario will invest $9.5 million every year to support Pathways to Education.
  • Since 2001, Pathways has helped more than 1,600 students graduate from high school — most of those in Ontario.
  • More than 1,200 program graduates have gone on to university, college or to learn a trade.
  • In Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, the high school dropout rate has dropped from 56 per cent to less than 11 per cent, since the Pathways program began.
  • Pathways operates in 12 communities across Canada with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

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“We believe that every student should have the opportunity to succeed and be part of a skilled and educated workforce. For more than a decade, Pathways to Education has helped many disadvantaged students stay in school and reach their full potential, with many graduates of the program going on to college, university or to learn a trade.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“We know that education is the most important investment that we can make for the future prosperity of Ontario. I’m so proud of the great progress we’ve seen over the past nine years: more students are graduating than ever before.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

“The Government of Ontario, as an early supporter of Pathways to Education, had the foresight to recognize that their investment would generate a positive social and economic return for generations to come. This renewed commitment to our youth will allow us to continue the work we started together, create new opportunities for students and communities, and reinforce Ontario’s leadership in improving access to education for all youth.”

David Hughes

President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathways to Education Canada

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