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.

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Submitted by (@trevor)

Double the post-Ontario community college strike compensation cap

With community college students back in school, Ontario has announced two major compensations for students. While it is a good start, many students will be overlooked. Following the end of the five-week college strike, the Government of Ontario announced two offers of compensation to community college students: a full tuition refund or $500. Students who do not wish to continue their semester will receive a full tuition ...more »

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A Mandatory Comparative Religion Course to Graduate High School

I have long advocated that public high school students in Ontario be required to take a comparative religion class. Such a class would expose students to various world religions and their teachings. Once exposed, they will be in a position to compare religions. Since many public school students come from religious homes, this means they would be exposed to religions different from their own. This exposure would provide ...more »

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Submitted by (@trevor)

Replace University Tuition Fees with a Graduate Tax

A graduate tax is a method of financing higher education. Students attending publicly funded universities and community colleges in Ontario are charged tuition fees directly by the universities. The amount of the fees is limited by law and the fees can be funded by government-backed student loans issued by a government-backed company and/or private banks. The student loans typically need to be repaid shortly after the ...more »

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Bring Back Grade 13

The elimination of the Ontario Academic Credit (OAC - Grade 13) by former Conservative Premier of Ontario Mike Harris was a huge mistake that students are still paying for today. Grade 13 was abolished in 1995 by the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Some 40 per cent of students in Ontario high schools dropped out during the four years that the Conservatives spent phasing out Grade 13. Meanwhile, since the ...more »

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Submitted by (@pickeringuxbridge)

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 »

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Student as Customer

There needs to be a cultural shift in our educational system to the student’s being the customer. Currently, at the post-secondary level the emphasis appears to be on "making money" and enhancing reputation at the expense of the students. Universities have become a business attracting more and more students with research being their primary objective. Students have suffered in terms of the quality of instruction with ...more »

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Submitted by (@pickeringuxbridge)

Philosophy of education

As we become more aware of our global social and economic society, Canada’s pursuit of a culturally diverse enriched country and the profound submersion of our lives deeper into a realm of technological breakthroughs and applications, we arrive on the doorstep of relevance, education, participation, and leadership. How will we be recognized as significant contributors to our ever fast paced, changing world? It begins ...more »

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Submitted by (@pickeringuxbridge)

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)

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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 »

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Submitted by (@bthompso)

Zero dismissals from Ontario Schools

Children who are dismissed from schools are those with e.g. early behaviour and mental health issues. These children need help not dismissal from our schools. Therefore, make Ontario the first Canadian province with zero dismissals from schools.

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Submitted by (@dogood2)

An Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency that Invites the World to Learn & Experience Their Ancient Way of Life

I’d love to see the development of an “Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency” that invites people from around the world who want to learn about the Aboriginal people’s ancient way of life and culture through experiential education. All people, but particularly Ontario’s recent immigrants, school children and visitors, would be enlightened by a visit to Aboriginal historic sites, like Huronia, or Manitoulin Island, ...more »

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Submitted by (@stated63)

Secondary School Mandatory Credits - Child Rearing

There should be a Mandatory course in Secondary School for all students on the stages of child development and how to support a child in its growth. It should not be a tiny part of the Physical and Health Ed Class. Currently, there are many mandatory courses but none in secondary deal with the stages of child development and how to access community resources for support. Without such knowledge, many children in our society ...more »

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