From learning the ABCs to completing postsecondary, education is the foundation for building a better life. More Ontario students, 85.5 per cent, are graduating from high school than ever before. And in 2016, 68 per cent of adults in Ontario had a postsecondary credential, up from 56 per cent in 2002 — higher than rates for any country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
That’s why Ontario is investing an additional $6.4 billion over three years — to continue to build a strong education system that sets students up for success. The balanced 2017 Budget plan includes a new $5.5-billion investment, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget.
How we’re helping
Ontario is taking action by:
- Providing almost $16 billion over 10 years to help build and improve schools.
- Supporting postsecondary education and training for Indigenous learners, including increasing capacity of the nine Indigenous-owned and operated Aboriginal Institutes in Ontario.
- Improving students’ cognitive, emotional, social and physical development with programs and services focusing on their well-being and mental health.
- Creating 40,000 new work-related learning opportunities with employers for students and recent graduates through Ontario’s Career Kick-Start Strategy, providing real-world experiences while enabling employers to help train and equip them for jobs.
- Increasing the minimum salary that people need to earn — to $35,000 from $25,000 — so they can be on a stronger financial footing before they start repaying the provincial portion of OSAP loans.
- Enhancing and modernizing facilities to increase access to postsecondary education across the province, including new sites in Markham, Brampton and Milton.
- Expanding programs and services for adult learners by providing approximately 90,000 more adults with easier access to skills training and upgrading through Ontario’s Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan.
- Improving Second Career to provide laid-off workers with training to help them find new jobs.
Support from Early Years to Adulthood
This infographic describes Ontario government’s significant investments and initiatives to support learners from early years to adulthood, such as:
Under age 6: a renewed framework for early years and child care and helping 100,000 more children access affordable, quality licenced child care;
From age 6 to 13: expanded before- and after-school programs for children 6 to 12 years of age and 60 minutes per day focusing on effective instruction in math;
From age 13 to 18: focused learning on a specific economic sector with the Specialist High Skills Major program and improving math skills development and financial literacy;
From age 15 to 29: Ontario’s new Career Kick-Start Strategy, Employment Ontario services and Apprenticeship supports;
Above age 18: New OSAP, including free tuition for more than 210,000 students, eCampusOntario for online learning, and expanded career readiness opportunities to provide hands-on learning.
Examples of Schools to be Opened or Under Construction
This map shows examples of schools to be opened or under construction in 2017–18.