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Ontario wants youth to:

In Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario the Ministry of Education laid out the government’s plan to build on past achievements in education and move forward with ambitious new goals. Through this plan, the ministry continues to focus on basics like reading, writing and math, while placing a new emphasis on higher-order skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Achieving Excellence also recognizes the importance of student well-being inside and outside of school.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development helps develop Ontario’s highly skilled workforce by increasing experiential learning opportunities, helping students acquire the talent and skills needed for the knowledge economy, and encouraging partnerships in high-demand fields.

This year, Ontario continued to make investments in strategies that support outcomes related to education, training, and apprenticeships, including:

Strategies and Programs Supporting Outcomes

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Lead: Ministry of Education

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario builds on the education system’s current priorities and reaches deeper and broader, raising expectations both for the education system and for the potential of our children and students. The province’s renewed vision for education has four interconnected goals:

Achieving Excellence

Lead: Ministry of Education

Through the goal of achieving excellence, children, youth and students of all ages are achieving high levels of academic performance, acquiring valuable skills and demonstrating good citizenship.

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Ensuring Equity

Lead: Ministry of Education

The goal of ensuring equity is to inspire children and students to reach their full potential. Ontario schools need to be places where everyone can succeed in a culture of high expectations. They need to be places where educators and students value diversity, respect each other and see themselves reflected in their learning. It is particularly important to provide the best possible learning opportunities and supports for students who may be at risk for not succeeding. The goal of ensuring equity builds on the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, which first launched in 2009.

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Promoting Well-Being

Lead: Ministry of Education

The goal of promoting well-being is to help children and students develop greater mental and physical health, a positive sense of self and belonging, and the skills to make positive choices. Children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are in a better position to reach their full potential. It is essential to support all of our students to have a positive sense of well-being in the world that will help them learn, grow and thrive.

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Enhancing Public Confidence

Lead: Ministry of Education

An education system that is sustainable, responsible, accountable and transparent inspires public confidence and contributes to positive student outcomes.

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Indigenous Education Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Education

Ontario’s Indigenous Education Strategy has been designed to improve opportunities and close the achievement gap for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in provincially funded schools, whether they live in remote areas or in urban areas. It builds the foundation for lifelong learning as students transition to postsecondary, training or workplace opportunities. The strategy also increases the knowledge and awareness of all students about Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.

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Safe and Accepting Schools

Lead: Ministry of Education

Ontario schools should be a place where everyone—children, students, staff, parents and the community—feels welcome, safe and respected. Safe and Accepting Schools are essential for student well-being and achievement.

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Healthy Schools Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Education

Good food, daily physical activity and a healthy environment that supports learning and growth are vital to helping students reach their full potential. Through the Healthy Schools Strategy the ministry is working with students, teachers, principals, parents and others to help Ontario’s students do their best in school and to make our schools healthier places for students to learn and grow.

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Transforming Ontario’s Postsecondary Education System

Lead: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Ontario is working with its partners on transforming Ontario’s postsecondary education system. To help guide the sector, the province is strengthening its stewardship role and promoting a more coordinated approach. The goals of this initiative are to:

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Indigenous Postsecondary Education and Training

Lead: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Working in partnership with Indigenous leadership, communities and institutions, Ontario is helping Indigenous learners gain the education and skills they need to succeed in today’s economy. Since the launch of the Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework in 2011, significant progress has been made in First Nations, Métis and Inuit learning.

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SPOTLIGHT

Promising Programs Supporting Indigenous Postsecondary Students Promising programs that support the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework include:

Apprenticeship Training

Lead: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Ontario is supporting growth in high-demand jobs by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades, helping to ensure that Ontario’s future workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Ontario College of Trades

Lead: Ministry of Labour

The Ontario College of Trades is responsible for promoting and modernizing the skilled trades and protecting tradespeople, industry and, above all, the public interest.

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These amendments will further enable the college to carry out its duty to serve and protect the public interest.

Youth Justice Education and Skills Training Success Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The goals of the Youth Justice Education and Skills Training Success Strategy are to improve educational achievement, enhance skills attainment and increase school engagement for youth in, or at risk for, conflict with the law.

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eCampusOntario

Lead: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

The province is investing $72 million over five years to support the development and operation of eCampusOntario. A centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning, eCampusOntario brings together offerings from all 45 of Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges and universities. It also funds and facilitates college and university collaborations in the development of new, high-quality online courses and programs, research and knowledge mobilization, and a variety of student and faculty supports.

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What the Data Says

Data from the Profile of Youth Wellbeing

Case Study

Pathways to Education

Participants in Pathways to Education celebrate their graduation in Kitchener in 2016.

Pathways to Education is working to make Canada a “graduation nation.” The program began in 2001 in Regent Park, Toronto, and now serves 18 communities across the country.

Partnering with dedicated organizations in low-income communities, Pathways to Education supports youth in graduating from high school so they can reach their full potential. The combination of academic, financial, social and one-on-one supports helps youth break the cycle of poverty through the power of education.

The results of the program are impressive. Every year Pathways to Education welcomes over 5,000 students to the program. Graduation rates in Pathways to Education communities have improved by an average of 85%. A full 74% of graduates have gone on to postsecondary education or training. There is now an alumni base of over 4,000 youth who have become active members in their communities.

“The Pathways to Education program had—and continues to have—a major impact on my life. Pathways was able to connect me to several internship opportunities that gave me first-hand work experience in my intended field of study and allowed me to form networks and meet employers that would otherwise be inaccessible to me.”Farhana, Pathways to Education Alumna

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