Community Transformation

Ontario’s universities are partnering to help create a better future for the communities in which they are rooted – socially, culturally and economically – through running community-based programs, conducting important research and fostering a culture of volunteerism and community service.

Community Transformation

Through community-based programs, experiential learning opportunities and volunteer work of university students, staff and faculty, universities help strengthen the communities in which they are situated. Ontario universities work closely with local organizations on projects ranging from free and anonymous medical services for at-risk groups to culturally sensitive mental health outreach and innovative campaigns that save lives.

Universities are also a core component of Ontario’s economic growth, injecting billions of dollars into the cities of this province each year. According to a 2017 COU report, universities have an estimated economic impact on the province of $115.8 billion each year, including $24.7 billion from research and development projects and $42.4 billion in economic activity related to their operations.