Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Female teacher supportively holds arms of young girl as a boy and girl look on.

A strong education helps young people become successful, confident and informed citizens. Supportive learning environments are linked to increased student achievement, higher paying jobs, and enhanced overall well-being. Ontario focused its efforts to ensure that young people are supported in achieving their learning goals and reaching their full potential.

Outcomes #7, 8, 9

Ontario wants youth to:

This year, Ontario’s programs and policies have made progress in the following areas:

New in 2014–2015

Increasing Access to and Success in Postsecondary Education

In today’s labour market, more jobs need young people to have postsecondary credentials. To support youth, Ontario has made getting a postsecondary education more accessible so young people can gain the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.

What the Data Says

Students who drop out can expect an income loss of more than $100,000 over their lifetime compared with individuals with a high school diploma (and no postsecondary education).15

Data Breakout

For the first time, Ontario is publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. Giving parents, students, teachers and boards open access to this data will help inform efforts to improve students’ success.

Data from the 2015 Profile

  • 78% of English-speaking and 88% of French-speaking students completed 16 high school credits by the end of Grade 10.
  • 84% of high school students graduate within five years.

New in 2014–2015

Helping Young People Get the Skills They Need

Male youth works on siding of house.

Academic success can lead to improved health and well-being across a range of areas. This year, Ontario focused on providing youth with the tools they need to succeed at school, make healthy life choices and become informed active citizens.

Data from the 2015 Profile

  • 12% of students are enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program.
  • 310,555 students have Individual Education Plans.

New in 2014–2015

Reflecting Diverse Learning Needs

Ontario is committed to providing learners with the tools they need to reach their full potential, regardless of their individual circumstances. This year, there was a focus on supporting youth who face the greatest barriers, including youth with disabilities, youth with special needs and Aboriginal youth.

What the Data Says

Data from the 2015 Profile

  • 11.5% of youth have a postsecondary certificate or diploma.
  • 21,588 youth were served through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Case Study

Mining Matters

Mining Matters is a national charitable organization dedicated to bringing knowledge and awareness about Canada’s geology and mineral resources to students, educators and the public. One of its core programs, the Mining Rocks Earth Science Program, is designed to illustrate real-life experience with earth science, mineral exploration and mining.

Mining Matters educates youth aged 9 to 17 about the mineral sector, including key environmental, economic, and social issues associated with resource development. It provides youth with information on employment opportunities and the necessary education to work in the sector. It also provides career guidance and mentoring opportunities.

Programs are delivered in First Nations communities across Northern Ontario. In 2015–16, Mining Matters will also offer sessions to Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and francophone youth in the Hearst to Cochrane corridor.

"My favourite activity was doing the cookie mining because it was kind of like math." — A 15-year-old Grade 8 female student in Webequie First Nation

Mining Matters students from Aroland First Nation complete the Product-Matching Game with graphite

Mining Matters students from Aroland First Nation complete the Product-Matching Game with graphite