Schools need to be looked at... We are the adults of the future ahead, if you want a good future, look at the children. I am a grade 11 student and I feel strong about my school. I love going to school, but we need more money to invest in things worth while for the school. New sporting equipment, new software for the computers, maybe an air conditioner for those EXTREMELY HOT days... it is hard to focus when we are down ...more »
We must connect our education system to the reality of our labor market. Ontario has the most skilled workforce in the world. Yet our university graduates are struggling to get in to the field of their profession. They are forced to work as taxi drivers, security guards, and bar tenders. The so called market's 'invisible hand' fails to solve this problem. While our universities and colleges heartlessly promote expensive ...more »
The Government of Ontario, should continue to support efforts that seek to cluster the worlds of science, business, industry and education in order to strengthen innovation. We have been quite successful in many areas such as life sciences (Toronto) and technology (Waterloo). We need to ensure that existing clusters remain strong and grow, while promoting growth in other sectors. Innovation needs to become a key component ...more »
Work with all stakeholders to improve educational outcomes of Ontario's Aboriginal Youth and meaningful investments to close the gap on high school completion. 50% of the Aboriginal population is under the age of 24 and hundreds of thousands of them are coming of age and working age. We need their participation in the future economy of the province particularly with retiring boomers increasing.
Graduates in medicine (nurses, doctors etc) should have their tuition fees forgiven if they commit to a number of years working in rural areas.
As a student at the University of Guelph I have realized that numerous schools including my own need to make millions of dollars in cuts to programs, staff and services. I believe all Ontario universities are top quality institutions and deserve to be properly funded. Education in Liberal Arts, science, engineering etc are key to our success as a province and as a nation. Why is the government letting our school crumble ...more »
In Dwight Duncan's last budget the Ontario Government gave University Institutions the authority to allocate their Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). The Government no longer has quotas associated with disciplines.
The Ontario Government should either reinstate the quotas or split OGS into two scholarships aimed at the Humanities/Social Sciences, as well as the Sciences/Technologies.
Investment in Universities in most parts of the world has a multiplier effect in the economy 3-5 years after the investment. Some places in the world have seen a significant multiplier effect of investment even in recessive economies. Investing in strengthening Ontario's post-secondary education system in order to make more of it competitive worldwide will drive the economy by improving the workforce; increasing innovation; ...more »
It is commonly known by Ontario university students aspiring to enter into medicine after their 3 to 4 year undergraduate degree that their chances of getting into an Ontario school is very low (around 10%). This prompts applicants to apply 2 to 3 times before being accepted, each another year-long process of waiting or leaving the province altogether and pursuing a medical education abroad (and hoping they can get a ...more »
The Franco-Ontarian community represents over 600,000 people in Ontario. The largest francophone community outside Quebec. For cons, the accessibility in French is however very limited post-secondary education. The Ontario University has no French. Yet Quebec has three English-language universities to serve the community and Anglo-québecoise Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia each have a francophone university. That's ...more »
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So that the Franco-Ontarien.ne.s can ensure their full potential, they need the ability to manage their own academic programs. With the recognition of the autonomy of the Franco-Ontarien.ne.s school and college in the 1980s and 1990s, the Francophone community of Ontario came out stronger, more united and better equipped to ensure the development of their language and culture. In this sense, the French Ontario Students' ...more »
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As a student at the University of Toronto, I am constantly berated by my student union for not participating in drop fees campaigns; however, it does not make the most distributive sense to drop fees across the board. There are loads of Ontario families who can afford the current tuition levels, and could even pay more. Rather than lowering overall tuition - which would essentially amount to a break for the wealthiest ...more »