Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes to Ontario’s Liberal cabinet at the swearing-in ceremony held at Queen’s Park. Notable changes include the elimination of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU). Moving forward, postsecondary education stakeholders will work with the new Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, lead by Deputy Premier and Minister Deb Matthews of London North Center. The new Ministry will encompass all of TCU’s mandates, with the addition of employment and training programs to align better with the Premier’s plan to build a highly skilled workforce.
CSA would like to thank Minister Reza Moridi, MTCU, for working in collaboration with college students across Ontario. We look forward to continuing our significant relationship with the Ministry and Minister Deb Matthews.
Below is the Government of Ontario’s description of the new Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:
“Ontario’s economic success depends on a highly skilled workforce. Ontario already has one of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s highest postsecondary attainment rates, at 67 per cent. Measures such as the new Ontario Student Grant, to be implemented in September 2017, will increase access to high-quality college and university education even further. But more must be done to ensure that all Ontarians have the education and training they need to succeed in a modern economy. The ministry will work with the panel on a Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy to bring forward a comprehensive plan to develop a more innovative and skilled workforce. Working with the private sector and postsecondary education institutions, the ministry will help ensure Ontario has the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global economy.
“The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development will encompass the current mandate of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. In addition, employment and training programs in other ministries will be coordinated through the new ministry to create a more seamless experience for workers and job seekers and to help Ontarians prepare for the jobs of the future.”
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