Humber welcomes provincial budget that supports a stronger workforce
28 Mar, 2018, 18:25 ET
TORONTO, March 28, 2018 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's 2018 budget investments will help more students have access to college programs that open the door to rewarding and meaningful employment.
"With a focus on postsecondary infrastructure and modern approaches to learning, this budget will help produce more graduates with the professional and technical expertise critical to success in today's economy," said Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College.
Highlights of the 2018 Ontario Budget include:
- An increased investment of $500 million in capital improvements at colleges and universities. Funding will grow from $10 million in 2020-21 to more than $60 million by 2022-23.
- An increase in funding for college equipment and renewal to $20 million a year over the next three years from the current level of $8 million per year.
- An investment of $170 million over three years to modernize apprenticeship training.
- An investment of about $40 million per year over three years to develop postsecondary education programs that respond to the changing needs of students and employers.
- Affirmation of the $2.1 billion investment in a 'whole of community' approach to mental health services that will improve the support available to students.
The budget also reaffirms the province's commitment to ensure students from low- and middle-income families pay little or no tuition and have easier access to student assistance.
"We are also pleased to see investments in many of the sectors in which our graduates become leaders," said Whitaker. "As part of a Humber polytechnic education, our students prepare for careers related to mental health, health care and child care by learning from experts in these fields. We are happy to see these are priorities for the province."
Humber experts are available to comment on the following topics related to today's budget:
- Jason Powell, dean, School of Health Sciences - mental health, health care and childcare
- Meg Houghton, associate dean, Student Wellness and Equity - student mental health
About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 31,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.
SOURCE Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
For further information: or to arrange an expert interview, please contact: Nadia Araujo, Media and External Relations Specialist, 416-675-6622 ext. 5479, [email protected]
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