Preparing for high school graduates in
In 2003, Ontario will have more than its usual number of high school
The first students to complete Ontario's new four-year high school program
will graduate in the spring 2003 - at the same time as the last students
to complete Ontario's old five-year program.
The Ontario government is prepared for this increase in graduates. It has
taken steps to ensure that:
every qualified and motivated student will have a place in Ontario's
postsecondary education system
training and apprenticeship programs will be expanded for students who want
to head directly to the workplace once they graduate from high school.
Specifically, the government:
has invested more than $4 billion in postsecondary education in 1999/2000
-- the highest level ever.
in 2000/2001, has added $68 million in base operating funding to colleges
and universities to help them accommodate more students and to improve the
quality of programs.
has added a further $286 million of SuperBuild investments to expand and
renew Ontario colleges and universities. The government's total capital
investment of $1billion combined with the contributions of partners, means
a total of $1.8 billion is being invested to create more than 73,000 new
student spaces in Ontario's colleges and universities.
has already begun to expand spaces at colleges and universities through the
Access to Opportunities Program, a $228-million investment that will create
23,000 new opportunities for students in high-tech programs.
has ensured that the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will have
sufficient funding so that no students who are affected by the increased
number of graduates in 2003 will be denied access to postsecondary education
for financial reasons.
The Government is also strengthening training initiatives for young people
who decide to go into the workforce. Specifically:
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) gives students the opportunity
to begin apprenticeships while earning their high school diplomas. Sixty-one
school boards and more than 466 secondary schools are currently participating
in this program. The government has expanded the program and more than doubled
its funding since 1998, increasing funding from $2 million in 1998/99 to
$ 5.4 million in 2000/01.
Under the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) each college and
university could establish an Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund to which
the province would match donations from companies and individuals. The funds
are to assist individuals who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise
be able to attend college or university.
Starting in September 2000 new Aiming for the Top scholarships will help
students who earn top marks but require financial assistance to attend college
or university. At maturity, the government will be providing $35 million
to more than 10,000 students.
By expanding the apprenticeship system with the new Apprenticeship and
Certification Act, 1998, the Government is helping to meet the skills
needs of industry and address the critical skills shortages experienced by
many industries. Ontario is committing $15 million over three years for the
new Apprenticeship Innovation Fund to update classroom training for existing
programs and introduce opportunities in new trades.
The ministry, through Job Connect and Ontario Summer Jobs, offers services
to help young people plan, prepare for, and succeed in employment by providing
labour market information, help with employment planning, placements in jobs
with training (including employer subsidies as required), business start-up
loans, summer jobs and apprenticeship training.