OPSEU tells provincial government it is time to reinvest in Ontario's colleges

A submission from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union provides a recipe for a revitalized college system that can continue to serve a vital role in supporting and strengthening Ontario’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Toronto (29 June 2016) —Ontario’s colleges need reinvestment in order to preserve the quality of education and support the province’s economic and social success.

That’s the view laid out in Balancing the Books (link is external), the submission of college academic workers who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) to the Ministry’s review of the college funding model.

A view from the frontlines of Ontario's colleges

Balancing the Books (link is external) represents a frontline view of the challenges facing colleges as a result of decreasing per-student funding, increasing privatization and a growing dependence on contract faculty.

In addition, it highlights the benefits of placing academic decision-making in the hands of faculty, through a co-governance model rooted in the successful experience of Canadian universities as well as of community colleges throughout British Columbia.

Recipe for a strong future

The 6 core principles in the submission form a recipe for a revitalized college system that can continue, 50 years after its founding, to serve a vital role in supporting and strengthening Ontario’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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