The province announced Monday that it will allow colleges to offer new three-year degree programs and additional four-year degree programs in certain fields in an effort to increase the labour pool in some sectors such as the automotive industry.
“Ontario colleges play a key role in providing students with career-focused education and in addressing the labour needs of key sectors driving the province’s economy,” Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, stated.
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“This expansion will also provide students more opportunities to access high-quality education and ensure they graduate with the skills, expertise and credentials that meet the demands of today’s job market.”
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The Ford government says it is hoping that colleges begin to offer the higher-degree courses as early as this fall.
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Aside from the automotive field, the province says it is hoping the move will help address a shortage of employees in other areas such as health care, digital, data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and process automation sectors.
In previous years, other than a handful of colleges, most could only offer a maximum of five per cent of their courses as four-year degrees.
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