10:32 AM

Ontario Budget highlights

In the 2010 Ontario Budget, the McGuinty government outlined plans to:

  • Invest $310 million to add 20,000 new spaces to colleges and universities this September (At Mohawk, a $27 million transformation of our STARRT Institution has allowed the College to train a record number of apprentices. New construction and major renovations with the Fennell Campus Renewal Project will also create opportunities for more students to pursue a college education at Mohawk). The $310 million is in addition to providing $155 million in 2009-10 to full support enrolment growth at colleges and universities.

  • Aggressively promote Ontario postsecondary institutions abroad to encourage the world's best students to study and settle in Ontario. The government plans to increase international student enrolment by 50 per cent while guaranteeing spaces for qualified Ontario students (Mohawk currently has more than 600 international students from more than 50 countries).

  • Improve students' ability to navigate Ontario's postsecondary education system by providing additional resources to support the implementation of a credit transfer system.

Through its Open Ontario plan, the McGuinty government has set a goal of raising Ontario’s postsecondary attainment rate to 70 per cent.