- Driving Ontario’s Recovery
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With the widespread disruption caused by COVID-19, Ontario’s workers and employers are looking for ways to best protect against future economic shocks and job displacement. As the labour market continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, one thing is certain: to emerge successfully from the current crisis, Ontario’s workforce needs to be equipped with adaptable skills to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow and weather future economic downturns.
With a high demand for transferrable skills from employers and industry, coupled with a commitment to help students develop resiliency in a changing world, Ontario’s universities are working to ensure every student graduates job-ready with the adaptable skills that will help them become recession-proof.
Universities are providing traditional and non-traditional learners with the foundation, as well as the reskilling and upskilling opportunities, they need to transition into new roles and adapt as the nature of work continues to change.
With a commitment to ensuring all those who are willing and qualified can access a university education and the learning and economic opportunities that come with it, universities are also providing more than $1.1 billion each year in scholarships and bursaries to those most in need.
In addition, to help address the systemic and structural challenges many students from marginalized groups face accessing postsecondary education, universities are engaging with campus and local communities and have developed action plans aimed at redressing existing inequities and ensuring meaningful action towards building fully inclusive communities.
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 to ensure Ontario has a highly skilled workforce — 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.