Transforming Ontario's Postsecondary Education System

Ontario is working with its partners to transform the postsecondary education system.
The overarching goals for postsecondary education transformation in Ontario are to:

  • Support student success and access to a high quality Ontario postsecondary education;
  • Increase the global competitiveness of Ontario's postsecondary education;
  • Build on and help focus the well-established strengths of Ontario colleges and universities while avoiding unnecessary duplication; and
  • Maintain an efficient and financially sustainable postsecondary education system.

To help guide the sector, the province is strengthening its stewardship role and promoting a more coordinated approach.

Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education in Brampton and Milton, 2017

Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI), January 2017
These sites provide an opportunity for Ontario to model a 21st century learning environment, providing students with the education and skills needed for the current and future economy. Institutions may submit a proposal for one or both sites.

Information and guidelines:


  • January 2017: Release REOI
  • February 2017: Ministry-led information sessions (Date TBD)
  • March 6, 2017: Submissions in response to the REOI due by email to:

Ontario's University Funding Formula Consultation (April 2015)
Ontario is launching consultations with the university sector to review and modernize the funding model. Consultations started in spring 2015, and included students, university leadership and faculty, as well as important partners such as employers, colleges, the elementary and secondary sector, and professional associations. Learn more about the consultations.

Strategic Mandate Agreements (August 2014)
Ontario achieved a major milestone towards differentiation by signing Strategic Mandate Agreements with its publicly-funded colleges and universities. Click on a link below to view the Strategic Mandate Agreement of a postsecondary institution. Learn more about the signing of the agreement.

Ontario's Differentiation Policy Framework for Postsecondary Education (November 2013)
Ontario is taking the next step in transforming its postsecondary education system by working with institutions to build on their individual strengths, ensuring students continue to have access to a high quality postsecondary education delivered by our publicly funded colleges and universities in ways that are innovative, affordable and financially sustainable. Learn more about Ontario’s Differentiation Policy Framework. (PDF, 265 KB)