Cutting Red Tape for Colleges and Universities

Cutting Red Tape for Colleges and Universities
Helping Postsecondary Institutions Offer New Programs Faster

TORONTO — Ontario is putting students first by making it easier for Ontario's publicly assisted colleges and universities to offer new postsecondary programs.

Today, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, was joined by Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University to announce the government is simplifying how colleges, private and out-of-province institutions receive consent to offer new degrees in Ontario and how publicly assisted institutions receive program funding approvals. A streamlined process means students can more readily access training for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and that industry has access to a workforce with the right skillset.

"We are reducing duplication and cutting red tape to speed up the approval process. This will help the postsecondary sector to deliver new programs faster, so students can get the training they need to get a good job and help grow Ontario's economy," said Minister Romano. "Streamlining the consent and funding approvals processes means the ministry can communicate decisions to our sector partners faster so they can offer new programs more quickly that may meet labour market demand."


Ontario is also introducing legislation that, if passed, would expand the degree-granting authority of Algoma University and OCAD University.

"All too often, burdensome regulation makes things slower, harder, and more complicated than necessary," said Minister Sarkaria. "As part of our work to reduce regulatory burdens through the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, we're fixing regulations that have led to unintentional consequences — like slowing down the process for new college course and degree offerings. By getting out of the way of postsecondary institutions, we're helping them prepare our students for the jobs and opportunities of the future."

Streamlined approvals will lead to more choices for Ontario's students to gain the skills they need to land quality jobs. Making it easier for postsecondary institutions in Ontario to train students for the changing labour market is part of the government's plan to keep Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs.