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  • April 07, 2017

Ontario Marks 50th Anniversary of College System

Province Making Commemorative Investment to Improve the Student Experience at St. Lawrence College

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s College System, the province declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience.

Ontario is providing $1.7 million to help St. Lawrence College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

The funding will be used by St. Lawrence College to invest in new technology, equipment and learning spaces that will enhance the student experience.New furniture and equipment, smart boards and study pods and upgraded IT systems will help turn libraries in Kingston, Cornwall and Brockville into state-of-the-art Library Learning Commons.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 


“This investment will provide St. Lawrence College students on all three campuses with revitalized library spaces, which will include equipment and resources that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
—    Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“The library is the hub of academic life at the college and this transformation will modernize the student learning environment to meet the needs of today’s learners. We thank our MPP Sophie Kiwala and the Ministry of Advanced Skills and Education for an investment that will allow us to create a true learning legacy for our students. We couldn’t have done it alone.”
— Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College



  • Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration – a total of $50 million to mark the 50th anniversary.
  • In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th anniversary.
  • In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
  • About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.



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