Partnering to Build a Strong Ontario: 2020 Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Government

Ontario’s universities’ 2020 Pre-Budget Submission details how government and universities can partner to unleash the potential of our province by helping our students gain the transferable skills they need to thrive and fueling a dynamic innovation ecosystem that will drive economic development. Scroll down to see key facts and stories highlighting the impacts of our institutions on our students, communities and province.

January 31, 2020
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Key Facts
Pearson's 2019 Global Learner Survey found that nearly 65% of Canadians believe the world is shifting to a model where people participate in education over a lifetime.
According to Work Integrated Learning and Post-Secondary Education: What Students Think, Abacus Data found 86% of current students and recent graduates in Canada said experiential learning led to an easier transition from school to a successful career.
Between 2011-12 and 2017-18, the total number of students registering a mental health disability as their primary disability increase by 151%, while several institutions are reporting an increase of more than 200 per cent.
More than 280,000 students have used university incubators to help turn their research into products and services, and create more than 2,200 start-ups and 4,700 jobs.
“To succeed in the knowledge economy the pipeline of young talent will need to be dynamic and resilient, equipped with a broad suite of technical and soft skills.”
Future-Proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work, the Brookfield Institute
Making an Impact
Accelerating growth of start-ups and SMEs in Eastern Ontario
Gaining hands-on experience through joint engineering program
Putting eastern Ontario on a high-tech map