Universities are responding to changing student needs when building new or renovating existing space on campus. Innovative learning environments – like active learning classrooms – and informal study ...

2016-17 Inventory of Physical Facilities of Ontario Universities

Published: June 19, 2018

Universities are responding to changing student needs when building new or renovating existing space on campus. Innovative learning environments – like active learning classrooms – and informal study space enhance the student experience, while improvements to research labs and facilities boost Ontario’s competitiveness.

Universities have established standards for how much space is required for its operations, including classrooms and labs. The triennial Inventory of Physical Facilities of Ontario Universities reports on how much space universities actually have compared to those standards.

This year’s report demonstrates that universities are using the space they have efficiently, but the growth in students has outpaced the growth in physical space over the last 15 years.

Universities are operating at 78% of the space they should have. — 2016-17 COU space standards
  1. Total space has increased 48% since 2001-02, while student enrolment has increased 65%.

  2. 62% of university buildings are 30 years or older.

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