Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivered Ontario’s 2010-11 budget on March 25 — and the Ontario Association of Career Colleges was there for the action. In the budget, the provincial government earmarked another $600 million to train another 30,000 people over two years under the Second Career program. To date, about 27,101 students have been helped through the popular retraining program.
“Post secondary education remains a top priority for the McGuinty government,” said Duncan. “A well educated work force enhances Ontario’s eco-nomic growth and competitiveness.”
The provincial government estimates that by 2013, more than 70 per cent of jobs will require some form of post secondary education or training. Other highlights from the 2010 budget include a commitment to implement a credit transfer system to help students navigate through Ontario’s post secondary system and a social assistance rule change that would allow full time students to keep all of their earnings.
The budget mentioned the transformation of Employment Ontario and promised a one-stop service delivery model with the creation of a new web portal to help centralize programs. The budget also contained a $310 million investment to allow 20,000 more students to go to univer-sity or college this September. The government pledged to increase student enrolment by 50 per cent while guaranteeing spots for qualified Ontarians.
“Education and training play an important role in revitalizing the labour market,” said OACC Executive Director Paul Kitchin.