- Driving Ontario’s Recovery
- Partnering to Help Ontario
- Making an Impact
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Through talent and innovation, Ontario will be better positioned to respond to the changing needs of the labour market, while producing the type of Ontario-made innovative solutions that will continue to help our province throughout the pandemic and beyond. These key ingredients will help Ontario and its regions compete globally, fuel economic growth and improve quality of life for all Ontarians.
Ontario’s universities are working to ensure the province remains competitive and attractive to investment by developing the highly skilled talent for Ontario to prosper, conducting and commercializing ground-breaking research and acting as innovation hubs, critical connectors and job creators.
Universities are leading the development of talent, particularly in fast-growing fields, such as artificial intelligence, clean technology, life sciences, engineering and cybersecurity, providing students with the critical skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow in these research and development-intensive sectors.
Students are increasingly enrolling in these high-demand programs. Universities have seen a 98% increase in enrolment in math and physical science, 58% in engineering and applied science and 31% in health care since 2010.
To encourage the movement of research from ideas to market, universities are working to foster a culture of risk-taking and entrepreneurship, fuel the innovation pipeline and partner with industry to encourage investment in the early-stage innovation.
Whether it’s by partnering with small businesses to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, working with local industry to develop made-in-Ontario solutions, or by supporting Ontarians through innovations in health care, researchers will continue to drive ground-breaking research and discovery.
It is why in order to fully unleash this potential, Ontario’s universities are asking that the government — through increases to university revenue sources, such as expanding spaces in high-demand programs — make critical investments in the sector today to rebuild a better Ontario for tomorrow.
In Partnering to Drive Ontario’s Recovery through Talent and Innovation, we outline how, as Ontario looks to rebuild and recover from COVID-19, Ontario’s universities are at the forefront of rebuilding a world-class health-care system; developing job-ready graduates; driving regional economic development; and creating solutions to Ontario’s challenges.
Browse through reports and related materials to find out about Ontario universities' role in everything ranging from university graduate employment to family medicine and community transformation.