New Provincial Policy on College Partnerships will Strengthen Ontario’s Workforce

SARNIA, November 12, 2019 – The Ontario government’s new policy to expand partnership agreements between Ontario’s colleges and private trainers will bolster the province’s efforts to produce a more highly qualified workforce, says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College.

“We can attract more students to Ontario and prepare them for rewarding careers throughout the province,” explains Morris. “This will strengthen our workforce and our economy.”

As the number of young people in the province continues to drop, Ontario must attract more international students. The partnership agreements address that challenge by providing more spaces for international students who want to acquire an Ontario college education. This is particularly important in filling labour shortages in communities outside the GTA.

There are currently six colleges that have licenses with private colleges to jointly educate international students. Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano announced today the previous government’s moratorium on further agreements is being lifted and new criteria will allow for more partnerships.

Colleges support the province’s commitment to protecting the quality of programs and managing enrolment levels.

The new policy allows Ontario to educate more students for careers in business, technology, mechanical engineering and computer programming.

“The minister’s announcement today provides colleges with more flexibility to help close the skills gap,” Judith Morris said. “It reinforces the colleges’ pivotal role in producing graduates with the expertise to succeed in a new age of innovation and accelerating automation.”

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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