Bartolucci Announces Funding for High Quality Postsecondary Education

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2013
From left: Pierre Riopel, president of College Boreal; Sonia Del Missier, interim president of Cambrian College; MPP Rick Bartolucci; and Dr. Robert Kerr, vice-president of academics and provost at Laurentian University.

“Our government is enhancing postsecondary education for local students,” says MPP.

Sudbury – The provincial government is providing $2,449,645 to help local colleges and universities become more innovative and efficient through projects that improve the learning experience for their students and help support the transformation of the province’s postsecondary education system, Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced today.

“By allowing institutions to invest in program prioritization, IT infrastructure and other projects, we are helping put our local postsecondary institutions on more sustainable financial footing, while improving the learning experience for our students,” said Bartolucci.

Today’s announcement includes $1,540,645 through the Productivity and Innovation Fund to help local publicly funded postsecondary institutions become more innovative while improving learning experiences for local students.  Funding will be distributed as follows:

  • Cambrian College - $421,295
  • Collège Boréal - $500,000
  • Laurentian University - $477,350
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine - $142,000

Cambrian College will also be receiving $909,000 as part of the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant to help implement seven software upgrade and enhancement projects.

“We thank the provincial government for their continued support of our efforts to develop new learning opportunities for students, improve access to Cambrian’s quality programs, and transform the teaching and learning environment through innovative technology,“ stated Sonia Del Missier, Interim President, Cambrian College. “Together, we are ensuring that education remains affordable for students and that our collaborative efforts with our sister colleges in the North have a positive impact on student success.”

“This significant investment will enable the college to offer flexible delivery of its postsecondary programs, thus increasing access for our students. Access and innovation are integral parts of Collège Boréal’s strategic orientations and priorities. We are grateful for the continuous support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities towards our innovative projects,” said Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal.

“We are working with our colleges and universities to make sure our postsecondary education system is sustainable and supports greater quality, international competitiveness and accountability,” concluded Bartolucci.  “Through these investments, we will continue to build on the gains made in postsecondary education over the past 10 years.”


  • Ontario has created an additional 161,000 postsecondary student spaces since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion, or 80 per cent, since 2002-03.
  • Ontario has the highest postsecondary attainment rate in the OECD, with more than 65 per cent of adults in Ontario holding a postsecondary credential.


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Unique Workshops Teach Professionals to Listen and Learn from Youth on the Margins

Posted on Friday November 29, 2013

On Monday, December 2, graduating students in Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program and local professionals will have a unique opportunity to role play with actors-trainers who portray marginalized youth through Connect to Youth, which …

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