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Toronto, Sep 15 (Canadian-Media): New Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has facilitated more than one-third of all full-time college and university students -- more than 210,000 -- in Ontario this year in receiving free tuition, and of these more than 7,000 attend university or college in Windsor and Sarnia in Ontario, media reports said.
“The new OSAP program is making it far easier for thousands of University of Windsor students to fulfil their dream of earning a university degree. Post-secondary education is one of the best ways of preparing for a lifetime, and on behalf of those students who no longer have to pay tuition, and their families, I want to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for making their education more affordable,” Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor was quoted as saying by media.
Besides the new OSAP program, Ontario students reportedly will also have access to additional proposed financial supports including Free online textbooks, free pharmacare for youth under 25 starting January 1, 2018.
OHIP+ will reportedly provide pharmacare coverage for children and youth under 25 who are covered by OHIP starting September 1, 2018.
OHIP is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) that pays for many health services needed by the people of Ontario such as appointments with your family doctor, visits to walk-in clinics and some other health care providers, emergency room visits, medical tests and surgeries.
Minimum wage would reportedly increase to help students afford the cost of school, cover the cost of buying their textbooks.
Improved repayment assistance in OSAP student loans, said official reports would enable to students to start repaying their OSAP loans until they're making at least $35,000 a year.
“Going to college or university is a wonderful opportunity for young Ontarians. That’s why this government is committed to making it as easy and affordable as we possibly can for students, so that they can pursue their dreams, fulfil their potential and get the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government was quoted by media as saying.
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The results of Ontario government's commitment in making postsecondary education more affordable for students and families to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives has resulted in the availability of free tuition this year for more than 3,000 students from the University of Windsor, more than 3,000 students from St. Clair College, and about 1,000 students from Lambton College.
Patti France, President, St. Clair College was quoted by the media as saying, “A college education in Ontario has never been more affordable and accessible, thanks to the many initiatives of the provincial government. What may have been an unreachable dream for many financially disadvantaged young people is now within their grasp. Both they and the province as a whole can now achieve their full potential. St. Clair College is thrilled to be able to spread the news of these expanded and enhanced opportunities to prospective students in southwestern Ontario."
“The Free Tuition model has assisted more students to access post-secondary education and removed one the largest barriers faced by many families. Our early numbers show that nearly half of the domestic students enrolled at Lambton College this semester were able to benefit from the new OSAP model. We’re pleased to see the impact of these grant changes reflected at our College and the positive effect this new funding model has had on those wanting to pursue higher education.” said Judith Morris, President and CEO, Lambton College,
Besides, generous grants and loans to would be given to students from families with a combined income up to $175,000 to assist with college and university expenses including 95 percent of all students with OSAP loans to help them pay for college or university.
The results of the above endeavours by Ontario government had resulted in the increase of applications to OSAP by more than 10 percent in 2017, compared to last year.
Reportedly students attending college and university this fall would be the first to benefit from the new OSAP and OSAP application for the 2018-19 school year will open on November 8, 2017.
Another innovative feature reported by Ontario is its partnership with eCampusOntario to develop and provide free and low-cost digital textbooks to students.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj
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Toronto, Sep 10 (Canadian-Media): The Council of the Federation Literacy Award (CFLA) -- recognizing the important role played by literacy allowing the participation of Canadian citizens in all areas of society had helped more than 25,000 Ontarians this year in honour of International Literacy Day to improve their literacy and numeracy skills to help in job opportunities and career advancement, media reports said.
More than 15 percent of working-age people in Ontario have low levels of literacy and numeracy skills.
The Employment Ontario – which provides training, build skills or help find a job -- connects people looking for work with employers and had helped about 1 million Ontarians in 2015–16, including nearly 123,000 employers across Ontario.
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It was announced in 2017 Budget that Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan – where adults learn essential job skills for free -- will provide free reading, writing, math and digital skills training to 80,000 adult learners across Ontario over four years.
This year's award honours The LearningHUB, for developing creative curriculum resources and in coordinating supports and services to facilitate blended learning.
Since its establishment in 2007, The LearningHUB has provided online literacy and basic skills programming to over 25,000 adult learners across Ontario including those living in rural and remote communities where classroom programs are not accessible and those in urban areas who may be challenged with physical, emotional or scheduling barriers to attending classroom programs.
Over the past decade, the LearningHUB's catalogue of programming has expanded to over 260 live classes, anytime learning courses and interactive tutorials covering a variety of academic and employability topics. The LearningHUB's staff work out of the Centres for Employment and Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board, connecting them to the full suite of programs offered and funded by Ontario.
The LearningHUB was chosen by a three-member selection committee: Katherine Shine is the executive director of the Kenamatewin Native Learning Centre (KNLC), recipient of the 2016 Council of Federation Literacy Award; Laura Hamilton is a regional program adviser in the Western Region Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in London; Daniel Denommé is an education officer in the Program Implementation Branch at the Ministry of Education.
The flexible programming of the LearningHUB's eliminates geographic and personal barriers preventing people from participating in traditional educational programs and has also partnered with the Regional Literacy Networks and Employment Ontario service providers to develop resources for e-Channel, Ontario's free online learning network.
Applauding the LearningHUB for their innovative online programming which gives free access to more than 260 courses, which adult learners can take at home at their own pace, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said, "Essential skills and employment training sets people up for success in the workforce. The LearningHUB’s unique approach to online learning helps people realize their full potential by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead. I am delighted to recognize everyone at the LearningHUB for their work in putting education and training within reach of so many people across Ontario."
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"The guidance and support offered by The LearningHUB staff make an enormous contribution to the success of adult learners as they work toward achieving their literacy goals. Congratulations to the dedicated LearningHUB team on receiving this important recognition," Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development was quoted by the media.
"On behalf of the Avon Maitland District School Board, the LearningHUB is honoured to receive the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. We are thrilled that this comes as we celebrate our 10th anniversary providing online essential skills training for adults across Ontario. This accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated staff as they support over 2,000 learners annually investing in their life goals. We would like to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s support for this program and the Council of the Federation for this prestigious recognition," said Ralf Mesenbrink, Principal of Adult and Alternative Education, the Centre for Employment & Learning, Avon Maitland District School Board.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 10 (Canadian-Media): The Council of the Federation Literacy Award (CFLA) -- recognizing the important role played by literacy allowing the participation of Canadian citizens in all areas of society – was created by Premiers in 2004 and celebrates adult literacy training and the contributions made by Canadians in the field of literacy, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace, and community literacy.
Educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses in each province and territory had nominated for CFLA.
Separate criteria for award categories, nomination processes, selection processes and evaluation are followed by each province and territory and administers its own award.
Recipients from all 13 provinces and territories of the 13th annual CFLA were announced last week to celebrate outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy.
The recipients of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award are: Lethbridge Public Library from Alberta; Project Literacy Kelowna Society from British Columbia; Christian Haines from Manitoba; Rosalie Simon from Newfoundland and Labrador; Lise Beaulieu from New Brunswick; Howard Lane from New Brunswick; Scott Atigikyoak from Northwest Territories; Jocelyne Boutilier from Nova Scotia; Elizabeth Dean from Nunavut; The LearningHUB from Ontario; Shawn Stewart from Prince Edward Island; La Fondation pour l’alphabétisation from Québec; Marilyn Stearns from Saskatchewan; and Peter Morawsky from Yukon.
Each Award recipient receives a certificate, signed by the Premier of their province or territory, as well as a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion.
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“I am pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award,” said Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and Chair of the Council of the Federation. “The hard work and achievements of this year’s recipients, all of whom have shown an exceptional commitment to literacy, are truly deserving of this recognition.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)