More college and university students get free tuition and the Ontario Student Assistance Program is more generous for middle-income families
A postsecondary education is one of the best pathways to a rewarding career. But many students and their families struggle with the cost of a college or university education.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. That’s why the Ontario Liberal government undertook the most ambitious reform of student financial aid in North America, making tuition free for hundreds of thousands of Ontario students. In 2017-18, more than 235,000 students received free tuition, including thousands of Indigenous students, mature students and sole-support parents.
But we need to do more. Ontario Liberals believe that going to college or university should be based on the ability and desire to learn, and not the ability to pay.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals are removing financial barriers to postsecondary education and ensuring a career-relevant and high-quality experience for every student, creating opportunity for learners across Ontario no matter their age, background or current circumstances. Our plan will:
- Provide students from middle-income families with thousands of dollars more in aid from the Ontario Student Assistance Program by reducing the minimum parental contribution required
- Invest $132 million over the next three years in innovative college and university programming that strengthens partnerships with employers and gives students more experiential learning opportunities
- Using the expertise of our new Chief Scientist, develop a plan to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math by 25 per cent and ensure they represent the diversity of our province
- Invest in hands-on learning opportunities for more than 98,000 students
- Create new postsecondary campuses in Markham, Brampton and Milton
- Invest $500 million, starting in 2020-21, to help renew college and university campuses
- Increase funding of the College Equipment and Renewal Fund over the next three years from $8 million annually to $20 million a year, to ensure college students have access to modern equipment and technologies