Promoting Innovation in Ontario's Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Media Release

Province Supporting High Quality Postsecondary Education

Ontario is providing support for 120 projects at colleges and universities across the province through the Productivity and Innovation Fund to help them become more innovative while improving learning experiences for students.

The projects focus on three key areas:

  • Redesigning courses to use more online and multimedia resources to enhance student learning, such as electronic textbooks and mobile-friendly online curriculum.
  • Helping colleges and universities focus on their unique strengths, such as academic programs and specific learning environments that support underrepresented student groups, in line with Ontario's Differentiation Policy Framework.
  • Encouraging collaboration among institutions to provide common services such as data storage, libraries and procurement.

Providing students with affordable, world-class postsecondary education that equips them with the skills they need to succeed is part of Ontario's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.



"We are working with our colleges and universities to make sure our postsecondary education system is sustainable and supports greater quality, international competitiveness and accountability. Through the Productivity and Innovation Fund and the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant, we will continue to build on the gains made in postsecondary education over the past 10 years."
- Brad Duguid
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

"Ontario’s universities are always striving to improve the student experience. A highly educated workforce is key to Ontario’s economic recovery and international competitiveness. Universities in Ontario are the most productive in the country. The government’s investment in productivity and innovation will help universities deliver a world-class education with even greater efficiency."
- Bonnie M. Patterson
President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities

"Today’s investments will enhance the on-going work in our colleges to increase productivity and further drive system innovations to train the next generation of highly educated and skilled workers for the new economy."
- Bill Summers
Vice-President of Research and Policy, Colleges Ontario



  • The province will also be supporting 39 projects through the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant. The grant is available to 11 colleges to help them develop strategies that address key challenges, such as reducing energy and maintenance costs and improving data management and IT systems, so they can focus their resources on core priorities.
  • Ontario has created an additional 161,000 postsecondary student spaces since 2002-03. The province has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion, or 80 per cent, since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has the highest postsecondary attainment rate in the OECD, with more than 65 per cent of adults in Ontario holding a postsecondary credential.