McGuinty Government Improving The Quality Of Ontario Colleges And Universities
New Investment Helps Hire More Instructors, Increase Student Resources
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today said postsecondary students will begin to see more support staff and faculty on campus and better resources as a result of the government's investment of more than $211 million as part of the Quality Improvement Fund.
"Our students give their best so they can build a great career and contribute to our province -- they deserve the highest level of quality
and excellence we can provide," said Premier McGuinty. "They are the
most valuable asset we have for strengthening Ontario's economic
advantage. In today's global economy, jobs and investment go to places
with the best-educated, most highly skilled workforce."
Today's announcement is part of the government's Reaching Higher plan, which will invest $6.2 billion more into the province's
postsecondary system over the next five years. The goal of the plan is
to improve quality, accessibility and accountability in postsecondary
The new Quality Improvement Fund will help postsecondary institutions:
- Hire more support staff and faculty so that students have better access to their instructors
- Purchase additional educational resources to provide training with up-to-date technology and
- Improve student support services to help students make the most of their time at college or university.
In 2005-2006, colleges will receive $87.3 million and universities will receive $124.2 million. To receive funding, colleges and
universities will sign accountability agreements that spell out
improvements to be made and the results to be achieved.
"Our government is committed to providing a high-quality education for our students, who must compete with the best in the world," said
Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "This
new fund will make improvements that students will see and benefit from
immediately -- and accountability agreements will ensure that the extra
money produces results."
"The time students spend at our colleges and universities are some of the most important years of their life -- not just for them, but
also for our province," said Premier McGuinty. "Our young people
represent so much potential and by investing in the quality of their
postsecondary education, we're ensuring that they can take on the
world, attract investment and create prosperity for all Ontarians."