In its Putting Students First plan, the Ontario government committed to an increase of 6,000 new graduate spaces by 2016 at the province’s universities. This paper proposes eight principles to guide ...

Council of Ontario Universities Position Paper on Graduate Education in Ontario

Published: February 6, 2012

In its Putting Students First plan, the Ontario government committed to an increase of 6,000 new graduate spaces by 2016 at the province’s universities. This paper proposes eight principles to guide the expansion of professional and research-based graduate programs to support innovation in Ontario’s knowledge-based economy and improve the province’s competitive position globally.

Graduate programs in Ontario provide students with critical skills to drive the economic and social innovation agenda, and contribute to the strength of the province’s multicultural democratic society.
  1. In 2012, Ontario universities educated more than 52,000 graduate students. If Ontario’s graduate enrolment in 2015-16 were at the current average of the rest of Canada, there would be approximately 50,000 more spaces (in contrast to the 6,000 spaces that the province has committed to fund).

Ontario universities have averaged a 6.1 per cent annual increase in graduate students eligible for provincial funding over the last decade.

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