TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's colleges are pleased with the
provincial government's budget commitment to invest in critical
maintenance repairs at colleges and universities.
"The budget recognizes that students must study in safe and effective
learning environments," said David Agnew, the chair of Colleges Ontario
and president of Seneca College. "We appreciate this long-term
commitment to helping colleges produce the highly qualified graduates
that are needed in the new economy."
The 2014 Ontario Budget has announced that capital allocations for
repairs and maintenance at colleges and universities will increase to
$40 million a year starting in 2015-16, up from $26 million this year.
In 2019-20, the amount will increase to $100 million.
Other highlights in the budget tabled today by Finance Minister Charles
Sousa included a commitment to fund regional skills-training programs
for Aboriginal Peoples and to expanding work-integrated learning
options for post-secondary students.
The need to invest in repairs and maintenance at colleges was one of the
central issues raised by the college sector in its pre-budget
submission to government last December. The sector has had a
long-standing backlog of deferred maintenance work that has needed to
The budget commitment to improve college facilities is particularly
important as Ontario works to address youth unemployment and
underemployment. There is a growing demand for graduates of the
career-specific programs at colleges, with enrolment this year at an
"We must continue to encourage young people to pursue college education,
including combinations of both college and university programs," said
Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "We are
pleased that the budget continues to support the colleges' excellent
SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
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