College Funding Model Review

Investing in the talent and skills of Ontario's greatest asset – its people – is part of the government's economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs.  Ontario's economic future depends on its ability to be a global leader in postsecondary education and training, and building a culture of collaboration and innovation.

Since 2003, Ontario has increased operating funding to colleges and universities by 82 per cent – an investment that has led to the single largest increase in postsecondary students in any period in Ontario's history.

Ontario is working closely with institutions to build on their individual strengths, ensuring students continue to have access to a high-quality postsecondary education delivered in innovative ways. An important part of this transformation involves looking at how public funds are allocated to best enable institutions to support positive student outcomes and ensure long-term sustainability.

Despite the great progress that Ontario has realized, changes need to be made to modernize the way the government funds the postsecondary system.

In 2015, former Deputy Minister Suzanne Herbert led consultations and made recommendations to the province on reforming the funding model for Ontario's universities. The government is now conducting a similar review of the college funding model, led by Expert Lead, Glenn Craney and Expert Sector Advisor, Eugene Harrigan.

Consultation Summary now available
Formal consultations with the college sector concluded on June 15, 2016, and a consultation summary, outlining what we heard from the college sector is now available. This information will inform decisions on a renewed design for a college funding model in the coming months.

The ministry and its review team continue to engage with colleges, students, faculty and staff as they develop their recommendations.

What We Heard: Read the Consultation Summary, July 2016 (PDF, 215 KB).
Explore the Issues: Read the Consultation Paper, May 2016.
Meet the Review Team.

For more information about the university or college funding formulas or other questions about transforming postsecondary education, please contact:

Meet the Review Team

Glenn Craney
Expert Lead, Postsecondary Education Funding Renewal Project

Glenn is well known in the sector from his role as Executive Director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT). Prior to joining ONCAT, Glenn served as Senior Policy Advisor to the President and Executive Director of Institutional Research and Analysis at York University, as well as Chair of the Council on University Planning and Analysis (CUPA).

Eugene Harrigan
Expert Sector Advisor, College Funding Model Reform

Eugene is an accomplished leader, who most recently served as Vice President Corporate Services at George Brown College for over 14 years. Prior to joining George Brown, Eugene worked for 32 years as an executive with the Government of Canada in a number of departments, including Human Resources Development Canada, Immigration, and Indian and Northern Affairs.