Social & Economic Impact

The social and economic impact of Ontario universities is evident across the province. University students and graduates are bringing their knowledge, energy and skills to the workforce, while faculty conduct research that transforms the way people live, work and play. Universities are fostering entrepreneurship, promoting environmental sustainability, supporting community development and providing billions of dollars of economic impacts.

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Social & Economic Impact

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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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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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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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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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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Resources

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Ontario Universities Blog

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.
Disease maps that point to possible cures: University of Toronto prof peers into inner workings of human cells April 17, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.

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This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.
50 Ways Universities and Colleges are Partnering for Student Success April 3, 2017

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.

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Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.
Energy as an enabler: University of Waterloo expert brings affordable, green energy to those who need it most March 30, 2017

Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.

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Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.
Building better borders: University of Windsor prof aims to make international trade efficient March 15, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.

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News Releases

Demand for Ontario’s universities up as postsecondary education recognized as key to brighter future April 27, 2017

The number of high school students applying to Ontario’s universities is up 1.8 per cent over last year in spite of an overall decline in secondary school graduates, which demonstrates that postsecondary education is recognized as key to a brighter economic future for graduates, and for the province.

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Ontario’s universities welcome partnerships with government, industry to help Ontario thrive in disruptive global economy April 19, 2017

Ontario university students trying to land their first job and employers scouting for the talent they need to compete in the rapidly changing economy will each benefit from the new Career Kick-Start Strategy announced today by the provincial government.

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Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario April 17, 2017

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects –sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results.

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Statement from David Lindsay: Ontario’s Universities Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Colleges, our Partners in Postsecondary Education April 3, 2017

Ontario’s universities congratulate Ontario's colleges on their 50th anniversary, and welcome continued partnership between our institutions into the future.

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