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: Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce

Backgrounder
November 26, 2015

2015 Budget Commitment

Ontario is continuing to build a highly skilled workforce by helping people gain the education and skills required to flourish in the global economy.

Impact

Investing in education and skills training supports individual Ontarians, as well as businesses that need skilled workers for them to grow and succeed.

Ontario continues to improve its education and skills training system to ensure its workforce remains among the most highly skilled in the world. Supporting Ontario’s workforce is vital to help people flourish in the province’s evolving, knowledge-based economy.

Progress Report

Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education

  • Allocated more than $80 million for 2,901 new licensed child care spaces. This is part of the government’s commitment to invest $120 million over the next three years to create approximately 4,000 licensed child care spaces.
  • Strengthened oversight of the child care sector and increased access to licensed child care options by implementing the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014 in August.
  • Helped 2,600 more students turn their passions into career opportunities by further expanding the Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit programs in September.
  • Launched Experience Ontario in September, which in its first year will help up to 600 high school students identify and work towards their future goals.

Postsecondary Education

  • Completed consultations on a new university funding model in September, focused on quality, sustainability and outcomes.
  • Helped to establish a York University — Markham Centre campus, in partnership with Seneca College, so about 4,000 students can attend a postsecondary institution closer to home.
  • Launched the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Wilfrid Laurier University to help innovative technology startups become globally competitive companies.
  • Expanded online learning opportunities by launching eCampus Ontario in October.
  • Increased support for students and modernized the Ontario Student Assistance Program for the 2015–16 school year.

Employment and Skills Development Opportunities

  • Launched Youth Job Connection in October. The Province is investing more than $160 million over two years into Youth Job Connection to provide more than 27,000 young people with the support and training they need to overcome multiple barriers to employment.
  • Moved forward with the recommendations from the report by the former Head of the Ontario Public Service and Secretary of Cabinet, Tony Dean, on the Ontario College of Trades.

For more information, refer to the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review
Chapter 1, Section D: Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce