Premier to Visit Colleges and Universities Across Ontario
Week-Long Campus Tour to Focus on Hearing From Students
Premier Kathleen Wynne kicked off a tour of Ontario's postsecondary institutions today at OCAD University in Toronto.
The tour is an opportunity to hear from students about some of the most important issues facing them today, including tuition costs and the post-graduation job market.
The premier will share improvements that are coming to the Ontario Student Assistance Program to make higher education more accessible for young people. Starting this September, tuition will be free for over 210,000 students -- the most significant change to student assistance in Ontario's history.
Premier Wynne will meet with students, faculty and staff at Ontario colleges and universities, including visits to campuses in Toronto, London, Waterloo Region, Guelph, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie.
Investing in postsecondary education and skills training is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Starting in September, the Ontario Student Assistance Program will make average college and university tuition free for students from families with combined household incomes of $50,000 or less.
- The new OSAP will also benefit mature students and adult learners with family incomes of less than $50,000 per year. Students with children may be eligible to receive funding for child care costs.
- If the new OSAP were in place right now, 230,000 students would be finishing their school year with less debt.
- More than 635,000 full-time students were enrolled at Ontario colleges and universities last year.
- Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by 82 per cent since 2002–03.
- 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system.
“Hearing what people across the province have to say — especially young people — is one of the best and most important parts of my job. I am looking forward to meeting with students, faculty and staff to discuss the issues that concern them most, including our transformational plan to remove financial barriers to accessing higher education.”