Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

The Ontario Liberal Party is committed to ensuring the people of Ontario have the skills and knowledge they need to find meaningful work, adapt to changing technologies, build skills to grow in their careers, and contribute to their communities. From early learning through to adult education, Ontario is building a world-leading culture of lifelong learning. As we continue to build a leading system of lifelong learning in Ontario, we need your best ideas about how to build a system that provides people what they need throughout their lives.
(@pickeringuxbridge)

Lifelong Learning

Trades and apprenticeships

We should promote the November 14th Fall Economic Statement announcement that added the "Red Seal" label to five new trades and apprenticeships, and continue to add to the list of expanded "Red Seal" trades to further support both apprentices and employers (ie. https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/11/ontario-implementing-plan-to-create-fairness-and-opportunity.html)

Voting

0 votes
1 up votes
1 down votes
Ideate
(@gillianv)

Lifelong Learning

Redirect EQAO Testing Funds

It is time to get rid of this destructive vestige of the Harris government of the late 1990s. It was implemented to: a) fool Ontarians into thinking that the government was "doing something to improve education". This is a red herring. A one day test does not improve education. In fact, this type of standardized testing has caused significant harm over the last two decades. b) follow the path that had been set in... more »

Voting

239 votes
289 up votes
50 down votes
Ideate
(@gillianv)

Lifelong Learning

Investments in Trades Pathways

To align investment (capital and personnel) in the expansion of the trades pathways in education in order to: a) assist student with making good career choices that will align with job availability b) align with the needs in employment sectors c) allow for salary and other supports such as retraining of older adults as businesses restructure to meet the changing local, national and international economic needs d) allow... more »

Voting

62 votes
75 up votes
13 down votes
Ideate

Lifelong Learning

Birth to Five Early Literacy Initiative

Ontario’s Future Generation In order to have a prosperity in Ontario’s future, we must have a strong workforce and stable society. Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Conference Board of Canada, says early childhood education is one of the best tools policy makers have at their disposal if they want to make a more equitable yet growing economy. Ontario has made great strides on early childhood... more »

Voting

12 votes
14 up votes
2 down votes
Ideate

Lifelong Learning

Dedicated Student Jobs

Not sure if this is possible. Can we dedicate a percentage of certain jobs to teenagers/students? Jobs in retail, fast food, part time jobs should be prioritized for young adults who need them to gain real life experiences. How do adults know how to handle themselves in front of colleagues in the work place with some sort of decorum; we learnt it from dealing with bad customers when we worked these types of jobs as teenagers.... more »

Voting

1 vote
15 up votes
14 down votes
Ideate
(@sendparamedics)

Lifelong Learning

CPR & AED Training in Schools

CPR training should be mandatory and AED's should be readily available and required in all schools. In the case of cardiac arrest, every second counts. It's fatal if no quick actions are taken within minutes. There's power in community—bystanders need to be ready to help save lives. Everyone should be trained to give effective chest compressions and know how to use an AED. About 60 per cent of cardiac arrests happen... more »

Voting

221 votes
256 up votes
35 down votes
Ideate
(@learningguys)

Lifelong Learning

Expand access to free, open textbooks for Ontario students

While the OSAP free tuition policies have been a tremendous step in reducing financial barriers for post-secondary students, textbooks continue to present a significant cost for many students. Ontario made a great first step in supporting eCampus Ontario's Open Textbook Library (https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca/) that provides over 200 free, shareable, online textbooks for PSE students and faculty to use. But... more »

Voting

347 votes
415 up votes
68 down votes
Ideate
(@dprime)

Lifelong Learning

Removing stigma of higher education and promote blue collar jobs.

When I was looking at post secondary school, it was implied that university was the next step in life. This was what was being promoted with in schools and at the home. University is known as higher education. While college is just that, college. This is a stigma in our society of hierarchy. While many students are attending university, with no life goals or carrier goals. The belief that university will guide you... more »

Voting

63 votes
77 up votes
14 down votes
Ideate

Lifelong Learning

Forgiveness of Student Debt

The Ontario government has implemented many initiatives that have made post-secondary education more affordable and attainable for current students. However, those who have graduated with high debt as a result of these programs not being in effect during their post-secondary career are burden with significant financial burden. These graduates are now in a position to choose between paying down student debt and saving... more »

Voting

25 votes
68 up votes
43 down votes
Ideate
(@pickeringuxbridge)

Lifelong Learning

Sabbaticals

Introduce legislation enabling people to stop work, without losing their positions, as often as once every five years, to do full-time study at university, college, or in the trades, in any chosen area. Employers would be required to permit the absence, and may provide incentives for a particular course of study but may not require taking that course of study. Subsidies for study would be the same as for anyone in the... more »

Voting

0 votes
1 up votes
1 down votes
Ideate
(@ron.hartling)

Lifelong Learning

Restore fairness, service quality and value-for-tax-dollars in community colleges and the Broader Public Service

The recently-ended colleges strike has highlighted a systemic problem in the Broader Public Service, which according to Statistics Canada in 2011 included more than 640,000 Ontario employees in health and social service institutions, universities, vocational and trade institutions and local school boards in addition to community colleges. While wholly or largely taxpayer-funded, these myriad institutions each have their... more »

Voting

6 votes
8 up votes
2 down votes
Ideate

Lifelong Learning

Put a cap on post-secondary education fee

There should be limit on how much education can cost - all these post-secondary educational organizations operate as non-for-profit, limit the fee in order for them to remain non-for-profit, if they need to raise the cost of program, it should be explained, e.g. engineering probably needs access to special equipment.

Tax educational organization as for-profit if fees exceed cost + certain percentage.

Voting

225 votes
252 up votes
27 down votes
Ideate

Lifelong Learning

Make French Immersion Programming Fully Available To Bilingual Families

Under the French Languages Act, it states that individuals who speak French have the right to also learn in French. But what happens when a child has one parent who speaks French, and one who speaks English? Should those children not have the right to learn in both French and English? French Immersion programs offer this ability, but many have limited spots with the majority of spots going to English only speaking families.... more »

Voting

-8 votes
11 up votes
19 down votes
Ideate
(@pickeringuxbridge)

Lifelong Learning

Early education

The government is currently making a mess of the early childcare and education sector. In beefing up regulations in the licensed childcare area, the government is making it impossible for child care centre operators to provide affordable care. The problem is over-regulation, with rules and regulations for the smallest things, many of which do not impact the health or safety of the children (but are “nice to have”). As... more »

Voting

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes
Ideate