ON PSE leaders welcome $1.3B investment as a “first step,” say more is needed


The leaders of several Ontario postsecondary organizations have shared their opinions on the Government of Ontario’s recent $1.3B investment announcement. The Council of Ontario Universities expressed disappointment in the funding amount as a whole while welcoming the investments in student mental health and STEM. OCUFA was pleased with the continued tuition freeze for domestic students, but pointed out that the overall investment was less than half of the amount recommended by ON’s Blue-Ribbon panel. Colleges Ontario CEO Marketa Evans described the investment as a “welcome first step” before emphasizing that the colleges “expect further action from the province.” NDP colleges and universities critic Peggy Sattler noted that underfunding has stressed postsecondary institutions. “The response today is just half of what Ford’s panel of experts have said colleges and universities need in Ontario just to keep the doors open,” said Sattler.

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