Welcome to the Postsecondary Education Partners' Gateway – a resource for ministry and sector stakeholders, as well as students and their families.
Find information on industry guidelines, updates, reports and legislation. You can also find out about student loan default rates, graduation rates, and graduate employment rates by program and institution.
This site will grow as more information becomes available, and in response to feedback from users. If you have comments or suggestions, please let us know.
Learn about Ontario's Postsecondary Education transformation:
Working with students, faculty, institutions, and select community partners, Ontario is developing a comprehensive postsecondary international education strategy that will help create stronger opportunities for international collaboration, research and innovation, ensuring Ontario's postsecondary system remains globally competitive.
Ontario is committed to increasing Aboriginal peoples' access to and success in postsecondary education, and closing the gap in attainment and achievement between Aboriginal learners and all learners. Learn more
The Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework (PDF, 3.06 MB) was designed to help improve opportunities for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners – whether they live in remote areas or in urban areas. It is a plan for the ministry and its partners across the province who work each day to support Aboriginal learners and their education and training needs.
The Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework Progress Report: Achieving Results through Partnerships (PDF, 2.13 MB) highlights progress made in improving Aboriginal learners' access to, participation in, and completion of postsecondary education and training programs in Ontario.
Are you currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate or post-graduate program at a publicly assisted Ontario university or college? Is your research focused on postsecondary education, employment or labour market issues? If so, the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge might be for you.
The 2015 OSAP default rate of 2012/13 borrowers was 8.1 per cent.
Below are links to Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan Default Rates (2012–2015) and Ontario Student Loan Default Rates (2006–2011). These show the percentage of loan recipients at Ontario Colleges, Universities, Private Career Colleges and Other Institutions who were in default about two years after their studies ended. Rates are provided by institution and by individual program at each institution.
Beginning in 2012, a change in the way the OSAP default rate is measured was implemented, to include those who default on their Canada or Ontario loan obtained through OSAP, rather than just on the Ontario loan. This new methodology provides a more complete picture for prospective students in choosing programs with successful outcomes.
Factors Affecting Loan Default
Higher default rates are often an indication of greater financial risk but to gain a more complete picture of financial risk it's important to consider repayment assistance usage rates, graduation and graduate employment rates and other graduate employment outcomes which are also noted below. A low default rate may be achieved through a high rate of usage of repayment assistance.
Loan repayment/default is affected by post study employment and earnings, amount of repayable debt, graduation, and usage of repayment assistance. Below are links to repayment assistance usage rates for all institutions and links to graduation rates and graduate employment outcomes for students of Public Colleges and Public Universities in Ontario.
Repayment Assistance Plan Usage
With the introduction of the Repayment Assistance Plan, there is greater help for borrowers having difficulty repaying their student loans. Eligibility for the Repayment Assistance Plan is based on post-study income and family size. Qualified applicants either make zero payment or a reduced monthly loan payment. Each term of approval is for six months. Repayment Assistance Participation Rates of borrowers in the 2015 OSAP default rate report by institution and program are posted on Ontario.ca
Graduation Rates and Graduate Employment Outcomes — Public Institutions
Graduation Rates and Graduate Employment Outcomes — Private Institutions in Ontario
In April 2014, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities hired the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation to review the mix of labour market focused credential options and opportunities available in Ontario's publicly assisted postsecondary education system to ensure successful student and labour market outcomes. Learn more
Ontario has put in place a French-language policy framework for postsecondary education and training. The goal is to help provide Ontarians with more opportunities to study and train in French. Learn More
The province established an Expert Panel to propose effective and innovative approaches to increase postsecondary opportunities for francophone students in the central and southwestern regions. Learn more (PDF, 346 KB).
Private postsecondary institutions that offer programs in Ontario must meet specific performance requirements in order for their students to be eligible to receive financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program. Version 10.1, October 2016.