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: Helping Early Learners, Students and Workers

BACKGROUNDER — November 14, 2016

Ontario is committed to helping everyone develop the skills necessary to succeed in the knowledge-based economy, from investing in child care and early learning programs to expanding access to postsecondary education and training. Providing an excellent education, from kindergarten through to postsecondary, and making advanced education and skills training accessible to all, will give the next generation more opportunities in life.

Ontario’s Actions

Announced today:

  • Ontario is investing $65.5 million this school year to support the creation of approximately 3,400 new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as a first step to creating 100,000 additional child care spaces by 2022.  
  • Transforming student financial assistance through the new Ontario Student Grant, which will make average tuition free for more than 150,000 postsecondary students. In addition, more than 50,000 students from families earning over $50,000 in annual income will receive increased grants.
  • Ending fees for child care waitlists, improving access to child care and helping families in their everyday lives.
  • Providing an additional $1.1 billion over two school years to improve existing school infrastructure across Ontario, which will benefit more than 2,100 schools with repair and renewal projects, in addition to many other smaller projects.
  • Building three new postsecondary sites in York, Peel and Halton Regions to support students with new learning options in their communities.
  • Expanding five existing child and family programs on reserve in M’Chigeeng First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, Walpole Island First Nation and Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
  • Investing $60 million to implement a renewed math strategy, which includes 60 dedicated minutes per day of math learning time in Grades 1 to 8.
  • Investing $3 billion over the next 10 years to improve postsecondary infrastructure and expand access to high-quality college and university education.
  • Launching the Youth Job Link to help young people ages 15 to 29 plan their careers, prepare for the labour market and connect to job opportunities.
  • Investing $3.4 million over two years in the Ontario Bridge Training program to help internationally trained new Ontarians find jobs that match their skills and experience through 11 new bridge training projects.
  • Implementing an integrated Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy to bridge education, training and skills development with the demands of an evolving economy.

Going Forward

  • Providing $12 billion over the next 10 years in the education sector to build infrastructure and create contemporary learning environments for students.
  • Collaborating with the federal government, colleges and universities to implement the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will lead to investments of more than $1.9 billion in research, innovation and training infrastructure at Ontario postsecondary institutions.
  • Launching SkillsAdvance Ontario, a sector-focused pilot to provide employers with access to job-ready, skilled workers and to offer job seekers sector-focused employment and training services.
  • Working closely with the federal government to ensure that renewed labour market agreements are better able to meet the training needs of Ontarians.