MRO Magazine

Northern Ontario colleges get funding to expand access to in-demand programs

Human Resources

April 12, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
Bill Roebuck

Toronto – The province of Ontario is helping six northern colleges work together to expand access to in-demand programs and improve student access to education in the North. It is investing $3.6 million over three years for the program.

Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Confederation College, Northern College and Sault College are designing and delivering shared programming to improve and expand access to training opportunities in eight subject areas —  trades, technology, business, hospitality, media arts, health, community services and aviation.

The colleges are making an in-kind investment of $1.2 million over three years to support the new collaborative programming model.

“We understand and appreciate that our northern postsecondary institutions face unique challenges in the postsecondary sector, so it’s important that the province continues to provide support in a smart way,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “Through this investment, these six colleges will collaborate more effectively and help improve access to a high-quality education for students — regardless of where they live.”


Ontario’s investment in the Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project will help the colleges work together to:

– Streamline resources to ensure long-term financial stability

– Use their proven experience in technology-enabled learning to provide more students with access to postsecondary education

– Improve the quality and efficiency of administrative and service delivery such as IT, program scheduling, curriculum generation and registration functions

“It’s encouraging to see these six northern colleges come together to share best practices, streamline their resources and look hard at ways that they can drive quality in the system,” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “We want to make sure that every student in Ontario has access to a world-class education and quality overall experience, and this investment will help us continue to achieve that goal in northern Ontario.”

Helping improve postsecondary education in northern Ontario is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills; building new public infrastructure like roads and transit; creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives; and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

“Confederation College is excited to work with our fellow northern colleges to improve and expand access to programming,” said Jim Madder, president of Confederation College. “Providing a high-quality postsecondary education to students studying in the North has always been our top priority. This collaboration builds on multiple initiatives with our northern partners that will offer our students even more flexibility and support in their studies.”