Ontario Boosts Grad Spaces Across The Province

    McGuinty Government Supporting Students, Strengthening The Economy

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is building a stronger workforce by boosting the number of
graduate students in the province.
    The Province will invest $51.6 million to create almost 3,300 new
graduate spaces over the next three years. The new spaces will enable more
students to study for careers in high-demand sectors such as engineering and
environmental studies.
    This investment builds on the government's $6.2-billion Reaching Higher
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=114) plan for
postsecondary education. By expanding professional and research-based graduate
programs, this investment supports innovation in Ontario's knowledge-based
economy and improves the province's competitive position globally.


    "Ontario's highly skilled workforce is our province's greatest asset,"
said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html). "By
helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy
and attract the kind of jobs and investment that will build prosperity for all
Ontario families."


    -  This investment will create 1,925 new master's spaces and 1,373 new
       PhD spaces.

    -  By 2011-12, the McGuinty government will be investing $221.6 million
       annually to support the creation of over 15,000 new graduate spaces.

    -  This latest investment means the government is exceeding its original
       commitment of 14,000 new graduate spaces by 2009-10.


    Find out more
about how Ontario supports graduate students.

    Explore (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html) what
Ontario's universities have to offer.

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    Ontario's highly skilled workforce is the key to the province's success
in today's knowledge-based economy. It's estimated that over the next decade,
seven out of every 10 new jobs created in Ontario will require postsecondary
education or training.
    To ensure that more Ontarians get the education and skills they need to
help Ontario compete and win, the McGuinty government is creating almost 3,300
new graduate spaces.
    Ontario's seven largest research universities will receive about 75 per
cent of the new spaces:

    University of Guelph            232  University of Toronto           588
    McMaster University             338  University of Waterloo          461
    University of Ottawa            277  University of Western Ontario   504
    Queen's University               97

    Nine other universities in Ontario, along with the Ontario College of Art
    & Design, will receive the other additional spaces.

    Carleton University              67  Trent University                 26
                                         University of Ontario Institute
    Lakehead University              49   of Technology                   97
    Laurentian University            33  University of Windsor             4
    Ontario College of Art & Design   6  Wilfrid Laurier University       68
    Ryerson University              289  York University                 168

    This investment is just part of the government's commitment to supporting
    graduate students in Ontario. Other initiatives include:

    -  Investing $132.5 million to fund new Ontario Graduate Fellowships to
       support outstanding master's and doctoral students.
    -  Supporting Ontario Graduate Scholarships for students in all
       disciplines. These annual scholarships are worth up to $15,000 and are
       provided to more than 2,000 students each year.
    -  Investing almost $17 million over four years to establish internships
       for 1,750 postgraduate students with leading employers across Ontario
       in partnership with ACCELERATE Ontario, an initiative of the
       Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS).
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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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