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

Questions & Answers

Ontario Universities Blog

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.
Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green November 29, 2016

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.

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Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.
Futuring with COU President David Lindsay September 30, 2016

Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.

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As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.
How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.

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Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.
Aboriginal Students Taking Their Future Further June 29, 2016

Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.

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News Releases

York University helps employers quickly respond to one of Canada’s largest talent shortages February 9, 2017

With access to more data than ever before, businesses are facing a serious shortage of big data experts and predictive analysts who know how to properly analyze it. York University's School of Continuing Studies is pioneering a unique solution to this challenge.

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Government funds boost OCAD University commitment to research and innovation  January 24, 2017

OCAD University has been awarded $4.5 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The Fund is a Government of Canada program that is providing up to $2 billion to accelerate strategic construction, repair and maintenance at universities and colleges across Canada.

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Brock first Canadian university to have Experiential Education definitions adopted by its Senate January 20, 2017

The path from academic study and experiential education to graduation and starting a career is more clearly defined, now that Brock has become Canada’s first university to have its Senate adopt a set of definitions for the experiential education that students receive.

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Brock team discovers insect in Ontario that can transmit devastating livestock disease January 12, 2017

Brock University researchers have confirmed that an insect able to transmit the devastating bluetongue virus has made its way to southern Ontario.

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