As Ontario’s economy continues to transform, a postsecondary education is increasingly vital for developing the broad set of skills required in today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces. Government and educators must continue working together to ensure that all Ontarians who are willing and qualified can access a postsecondary education and the learning and economic opportunities that come with it.
- For the last decade, Ontario’s universities have seen an increase in applications and enrolment. In recent years the number of applicants has continued to climb even as the number of young adults in the province has decreased, showing that Ontarians are seeing the value of a university education for their future.
- University enrolment has increased by more than 70 per cent since 2000, helping Ontario hold one of the highest graduation rates for postsecondary around the world – a key factor in the province’s reputation for talent.
- Universities work with the government, through OSAP, to remove barriers to a postsecondary education and support all students who need financial assistance. Since 2001, Ontario has led the country when it comes to increasing the on-campus proportion of students from lower income families.
- The work of promoting access to university has to start early, however. High school students need to be informed about their postsecondary choices and prepared for campus challenges such as managing workload in their studies and being financially literate for life away from home.