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News Releases - 2016


Robert B. Reich, Bill McKibben and Clara Hughes to headline 2016 Higher Education Summit

Former U.S. secretary of labor Robert B. Reich, internationally recognized climate-change activist Bill McKibben and Olympian Clara Hughes are among the featured speakers at the 2016 Higher Education Summit on Nov. 20 and 21 in Toronto.


Ontario colleges are leading the fight to tackle climate change: Report

Ontario’s colleges are playing a leading role in Canada’s efforts to tackle climate change, says a new report released today.


Ontario approves expansion of engineering degrees at colleges

Ontario’s colleges will be developing new engineering degree programs in specialized fields after the provincial government approved the expansion of engineering degrees at colleges.


Ontario’s colleges and McDonald’s Canada ink groundbreaking agreement on business training

For the first time in Ontario, McDonald’s employees can now receive credits towards a college business diploma, thanks to a new agreement between Colleges Ontario and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited.


Northern College president Fred Gibbons is new chair of Colleges Ontario

Colleges Ontario is pleased to announce that Fred Gibbons, the president and CEO of Northern College, has begun a two-year term as the new chair of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy organization for Ontario’s 24 colleges.


Colleges urge government to implement highly skilled workforce panel’s key recommendations

The province should move quickly to implement key recommendations from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s expert panel that call for reforms to apprenticeship training and new measures to help more young people acquire career-specific qualifications and skills.



Hon. Deb Matthews and Glen Hodgson to speak at symposium on powering up Ontario’s economy

Hon. Deb Matthews, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Conference Board of Canada senior vice-president Glen Hodgson are among the featured speakers at a June 20 symposium in Toronto on strengthening Ontario’s workforce.


Campaign launched for Ontario college system’s 50th anniversary in 2017

The Start of Something Amazing campaign kicks off activities

A new website and publicity campaign was officially launched today to promote awareness of the Ontario college system’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017.


Climate change activist Bill McKibben to speak at 2016 Higher Education Summit

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben – an internationally recognized leader in the fight against climate change – will be one of the featured speakers at the Higher Education Summit in Toronto this November.


Research finds 84 per cent of college graduates secure employment within six months

College education continues to provide an effective pathway to the workforce as results show about 84 per cent of Ontario’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation.


College education will be strengthened by the 2016 Ontario Budget investments

College education in Ontario will be strengthened by the measures announced today in the 2016 Ontario Budget.


Ontario must increase the financial support for low-income students

The Ontario government must increase the financial support provided to low-income students who want to pursue post-secondary education, Ontario’s colleges said today.


New TV ad emphasizes colleges’ focus on graduates’ career success

A new TV ad campaign by Ontario’s colleges emphasizes the leading role that colleges play in preparing students for rewarding careers.


Ontario urged to invest in college-based applied research

Colleges are calling for the Ontario government to make upfront investments of $30 million into market-driven research to promote industry clusters throughout the province.