Ontario government officials say they are making it easier for Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges and universities to offer new postsecondary programs.
Ross Romano, minister of Colleges and Universities,along with Prabmeet Sarkaria, associate minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, said the government is simplifying how colleges, private and out-of-province institutions receive consent to offer new degrees in Ontario and how publicly assisted institutions receive program funding approvals.
The officials said a streamlined process means students can more readily access training for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and that industry has access to a workforce with the right skillset.
“We are reducing duplication and cutting red tape to speed up the approval process,” said Romano. “This will help the postsecondary sector to deliver new programs faster, so students can get the training they need to get a good job and help grow Ontario’s economy.”
Judith Morris, president of Lambton College, said she was pleased with the move.
“Streamlining the process to develop and introduce new programs is a win-win for students and industry, and means we can bring new academic programs to our community and beyond, in a more effective manner, so we can prepare skilled graduates to meet the training needs of a rapidly changing labour market.”—Judith Morris, president and CEO, Lambton College.
“All too often, burdensome regulation makes things slower, harder, and more complicated than necessary,” said Sarkaria. “As part of our work to reduce regulatory burdens through the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, we’re fixing regulations that have led to unintentional consequences — like slowing down the process for new college course and degree offerings. By getting out of the way of postsecondary institutions, we’re helping them prepare our students for the jobs and opportunities of the future.”
Streamlined approvals will lead to more choices for Ontario’s students to gain the skills they need to land quality jobs. Making it easier for postsecondary institutions in Ontario to train students for the changing labour market is part of the government’s plan to keep Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs.