TORONTO, ONTARIO – The expert panel report released on November 15 by the Ontario government on the financial stability of post-secondary education presents an opportunity to strengthen public colleges throughout the province. 

“We thank the members of the government’s blue-ribbon panel for their time and diligence in drafting their report. Humber College strives to prepare students to become global citizens with the knowledge and skills to lead and innovate in their future careers,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, president and CEO, Humber College. “We look forward to reviewing the panel’s report and recommendations and working with government and other Ontario colleges on actions that benefit our students and industry partners and strengthen public college programs.” 

Improved investments in public colleges will be essential to producing a stronger workforce, she said. This is particularly important as Ontario strives to fill the escalating demand for qualified people for the emerging electric-vehicle industry, the mining industry, the healthcare sector and to meet the province's goal of constructing 1.5-million new homes. 

Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop announced the province has received the report from its blue-ribbon panel of experts on post-secondary financing. The report has also been made available in its entirety for review online.   

The eight-member panel was established in March 2023. It has conducted research and consulted on actions Ontario can take to improve the sector’s financial stability.   

“This report is an important first step. Creating more opportunities for students to pursue rewarding careers greatly depends on getting this right,” said Marketa Evans, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “Ontario’s students and businesses deserve nothing less.”

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