Ontario Invests $1.6 Million in Mohawk College City School
Innovative Programs Will Help Prepare Students for the Workforce
Ontario is investing $1.6 million to expand programs at Mohawk College's City School and improve access to postsecondary education for Indigenous students, students with disabilities, at-risk youth and adults in transition in Hamilton.
With this funding, Mohawk College will renew and renovate existing City School Learning Hubs and pilot 2,950 square metres of new City School Mobile learning facilities in priority Hamilton neighbourhoods to provide specialized learning and training that will break down barriers to education.
Helping renew Mohawk College facilities is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Mohawk’s City School Learning Hubs will be located in priority neighbourhoods identified by the City of Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy.
- The first hub opened in October 2015 at the Eva Rothwell Centre. The second hub opened in June 2016 at the Hamilton Public Library Learning Annex.
- City School Mobile will visit high-needs neighbourhoods, including Crown Point, McQuesten and Riverdale in addition to Six Nations territory.
- The province has invested $3.6 billion in capital funding for Ontario colleges and universities and will provide an additional $3 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million.
“We know that Indigenous people, people with disabilities, young people and newcomers are underrepresented at postsecondary institutions and in the labour market, leaving a huge amount of potential untapped. That’s why I’m delighted to see Mohawk College bringing postsecondary learning into communities, breaking down barriers, and providing the supports that these underrepresented groups need to reach their full potential.”
“The Mohawk College City School is an exciting and innovative program that will make education even more accessible for those who need it most. The mobile learning facilities will give those who may not normally have this access a whole new opportunity to increase academic confidence and their skills training opportunities. Today’s investment creates the difference makers of tomorrow.”
“The Government of Ontario’s $1.6 million investment in Mohawk’s pioneering City School initiative will put a college education within reach of more people than ever before in our community. Together, we’re giving Hamiltonians the opportunity to earn their first college credit tuition-free and close to home. We’re also helping Hamiltonians gain the confidence to go to college, pursue their dreams and become future-ready Mohawk graduates.”