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  • April 12, 2017

Ontario Marks 50th Anniversary of College System

Province Making Commemorative Investment to Improve the Student Experience at Sheridan 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 $2,801,400 to help Sheridan College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. 

The funding will be used by Sheridan College to invest in new technology, equipment and learning spaces that will enhance the student experience. 

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 college students at Sheridan with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”  — Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville 

“Ontario colleges are providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. I’m proud our government is supporting our youth as they pursue a quality post-secondary education. Colleges across the province will benefit from this additional funding, but more importantly, our kids benefit.”  — Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton 

“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 

“Sheridan is grateful to the Province for this new investment, which will allow us to build on our strong record of providing students with the hands-on, collaborative and creative learning experiences that prepare them to make significant contributions to Ontario’s economic vitality.” — Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan  


  • 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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