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Quick Facts about Ontario Universities

  1. Ontario university graduates have the third-lowest average debt from government sources among all provinces. (University Works, 2015)
  2. Of those Ontario undergraduate students who graduated in 2011, 93 per cent had jobs two years after graduation. (2014 Graduates Survey)
  3. Over a 40-year period, university graduates make an average of $1.1 million more than graduates from other Ontario postsecondary programs and $1.5 million more than the average Canadian high school graduate.
  4. Ontario universities attract the largest number of international students amongst all provinces and territories, and educate almost 40% of all international students in Canada. (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, 2011)
  5. Students can search and find 105,000 course equivalencies, and more than 1200 pathway agreements representing over 800,000 individual opportunities.
  6. 18 of our Ontario universities are in the Top 50 Research Institutions in Canada. (Research Infosource, 2014)
  7. Ontario universities offer 114 entrepreneurship education courses or business incubators, as well as an additional 58 extracurricular entrepreneurship activities to support students who are trying to start their own business.
  8. The largest university in Ontario contributes $15.7 billion to the economy each year, while a mid-sized university can generate about $2.5 billion.
  9. Ontario ranks 10th in per-student funding when operating grants are included, and ninth when both grants and tuition are combined.
  10. The average Ontario faculty member devotes 40 per cent of their time to teaching, 40 per cent to research, and 20 per cent to services, such as informing policy and using their skills and knowledge to enhance communities on local, national and global scales.


Overview of COU

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is the voice of Ontario’s universities, promoting the value of education, research and innovation that leads to social, cultural and economic success. We work closely with our members – who include Ontario’s 20 publicly supported universities and one associate member, the Royal Military College of Canada – to find consensus on a wide range of university issues and advance them with government and other stakeholders.

The COU body was founded in 1962, and our current name – Council of Ontario Universities/Conseil des Universités de l’Ontario – was adopted on May 1, 1971.

Our member universities include:
Algoma University University of Ottawa
Brock University Queen’s University
Carleton University Ryerson University
University of Guelph University of Toronto
Lakehead University Trent University
Laurentian University University of Waterloo
McMaster University Western University
Nipissing University Wilfrid Laurier University
OCAD University University of Windsor
University of Ontario Institute of Technology York University
Royal Military College of Canada (Associate Member)

Executive Bios

COU Chair Patrick Deane

Dr. Patrick Deane, Chair of COU

Patrick Deane, COU Chair and President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University

Patrick Deane became President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University on July 1, 2010. He is also a Professor in McMaster’s Department of English and Cultural Studies.

In July 2015, Deane began a two-year term as chair of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). In addition, he serves as chair of COU’s Executive Committee, Holding Association Inc. and Nominations Committee. In his role as Chair, Dr. Deane is also a member on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada and serves on the association’s Standing Advisory Committee on University Research.

Dr. Deane was born and raised in South Africa, where he read English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He immigrated to Canada in 1978 and undertook graduate studies in English Literature, receiving both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.

He taught English Literature at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, before accepting an appointment as Vice-President of Academics at the University of Winnipeg. He subsequently served as Acting President and was the first appointee to the newly-created role of Provost. Following this, Dr. Deane was appointed Vice-Principal of Academics of Queen’s University, a position that he held for five years.

Dr. Deane has published two books and many articles and other publications. His principal research interest is British writing of the period 1914-1945, with a particular focus on the relationship between literature and politics on a national as well as an individual level. He has been honoured with many awards for his academic work, including the first John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, which he received in 1988.

President and CEO David Lindsay

Mr. Lindsay became President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities in January 2016.

He was most recently the President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). Before this, he was a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario serving in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture. He served as President and CEO of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario. Mr. Lindsay was the founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation and the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. He also served as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.

He is a Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and past Director of the Ireland Park Foundation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Public Policy Forum and the Empire Club of Canada.