Social & Economic Impact

Universities are transforming communities and contributing to a strong economy.

Community Transformation

Ontario’s universities dramatically transform the communities in which they are rooted – socially, culturally and economically – through running community-based programs, leading life-changing research and fostering a culture of volunteerism and community service.

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Entrepreneurship

Economists say entrepreneurship is vital to economic recovery, and it’s thriving at Ontario universities with thousands of students learning how to create their own jobs and jobs for others.

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Environmental Initiatives

Ontario universities are leaders in environmental sustainability, producing crucial research on environmental issues, adopting sustainable policies and greening buildings, and encouraging awareness campaigns and initiatives around environmental causes.

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Infrastructure

Ontario universities are committed to delivering a world-class education to our students, and to ensuring our university buildings provide modern and cutting-edge classrooms, labs and libraries that will best prepare students to succeed in their careers.

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Contribution to Economy & Jobs

Ontario universities are invaluable contributors to the economy, injecting billions of dollars into local communities each year and creating hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. Universities build the talent and skills of Ontario’s future workforce, with our graduates experiencing some of the highest employment rates and earnings across all education levels.

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Value of a University Degree

A university degree is an investment that keeps on giving. Whether it be its value in increasing employability and earnings in the job market, improving personal health outcomes, or building social capital in communities, a university degree benefits its graduates and opens the door to endless opportunities.

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Efficiency

Ontario universities are committed to transparency, accountability and efficiency in all of their financial matters. Efficiency is central to the financial management decisions at Ontario universities, as we educate more students with less provincial funding per student than universities in any other province. The audited financial statements of all publicly-assisted Ontario universities can be accessed and reviewed by the public.

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Ontario Universities Blog

The City of Oshawa’s Teaching City is the latest - and one of the most ambitious initiatives - to leverage knowledge transfer between partners and PSE for the benefit of a community in Ontario.
When PSE and communities work together for a better future, everyone benefits September 26, 2017

The City of Oshawa’s Teaching City is the latest - and one of the most ambitious initiatives - to leverage knowledge transfer between partners and PSE for the benefit of a community in Ontario.

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The Council of Ontario Universities released the results of a new economic impact report that highlights how Ontario’s universities serve as powerful economic engines, fueling prosperity not just for the province but for the communities they serve.
New Report Highlights Ontario Universities’ Economic Impact, but Their Footprint in Communities Goes Much Farther July 18, 2017

The Council of Ontario Universities released the results of a new economic impact report that highlights how Ontario’s universities serve as powerful economic engines, fueling prosperity not just for the province but for the communities they serve.

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Universities across Ontario are opening their doors to their communities this summer as host to a variety of summer camps and youth mentorship programs.
Ontario Universities Open Their Doors for Summer Camps in STEAM July 12, 2017

Universities across Ontario are opening their doors to their communities this summer as host to a variety of summer camps and youth mentorship programs.

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Planning an accessible event? Wondering how to make a science lab accessible to people with disabilities? You can find answers to these questions and much more on AccessibleCampus.ca, a web resource for Ontario university communities, which has been redesigned and relaunched in celebration of National Access Awareness Week.
Universities at forefront of a more accessible future for Ontario learners May 31, 2017

Planning an accessible event? Wondering how to make a science lab accessible to people with disabilities? You can find answers to these questions and much more on AccessibleCampus.ca, a web resource for Ontario university communities, which has been redesigned and relaunched in celebration of National Access Awareness Week.

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News Releases

Ontario’s universities welcome new investment in STEM graduates to boost talent pipeline October 18, 2017

Universities are pleased to partner with the Ontario government to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in STEM by 25 per cent over the next five years, as Ontario positions itself as the single largest producer of postsecondary graduates in science, technology, engineering and math per capita in North America.

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More than 130,000 students and parents to descend on the Ontario Universities’ Fair this weekend September 18, 2017

High school students looking to take the next step to university can get all the answers at the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) this weekend, when the province’s 21 institutions will put on display a dazzling array of programs, extracurricular activities, residence options and experiential learning opportunities.

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Top Scholars Helping Improve Lives for People with Autism June 14, 2017

As autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continue to rise, Ontario’s universities are committed to educating and training the highly skilled researchers who are essential in finding new ways to treat the disorder and provide support to our communities in building a better future for Ontario.

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