Ontario is home to broad mix of vibrant communities that make the province a great place to live. But Ontario’s communities today also face a range of challenges – from strains on transit and housing, to out-of-date digital infrastructure, to declining populations. It will take increased partnership and cooperation among educators, planners, employers, government and more to face these challenges and ensure all Ontarians benefit from healthy and thriving communities.
Ontario’s universities are committed to working with local partners to strengthen both the community they are part of and others across the province.
University researchers help strengthen communities through work that includes looking at the potential economic and social outcomes of broadband infrastructure in southwestern Ontario, offering the public policy expertise in debates around housing and transit, and helping young Aboriginal students’ progress toward a postsecondary education
Universities educate the artists and performers, and support the cultural centres and galleries, that inspire our imaginations and add more than $25 billion to the provincial economy.
Our students and faculty also regularly volunteer in the community, creating new bonds and partnerships with local residents, and offer spaces for people to come together, contributing their people and facilities to help promote active lifestyle and literacy in their communities.
Work with universities, local governments and communities to encourage a vibrant flow of ideas and research that helps spur new thinking and develop solutions to local issues.
Ensure communities, both urban and rural, and particularly in Northern and remote regions, have the services and infrastructure, such as quality Internet access and strong transit, that ensure high quality of life and prosperity.
Develop a Northern Ontario strategy that includes:
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.