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University of Toronto applauds Ontario Government for investing in higher education

March 26, 2010

TORONTO, ON – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to applauds the Ontario government’s invest­ment in post-sec­ondary fund­ing dur­ing these times of fis­cal con­straint, the Uni­ver­si­ty announced today fol­low­ing the tabling of the 2010 Ontario bud­get. 

“In iden­ti­fy­ing edu­ca­tion as a top pri­or­i­ty for the gov­ern­ment, Finance Min­is­ter Dwight Dun­can is lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the future pros­per­i­ty of Ontario and Cana­da,” said UofT Pres­i­dent David Nay­lor. “We com­mend the Ontario gov­ern­ment for its deci­sion to invest in tal­ent­ed stu­dents who will dri­ve inno­va­tion and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty in years to come for Ontario’s knowl­edge-based econ­o­my.” 

The bud­get con­tained a num­ber of key ini­tia­tives for post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tions, includ­ing $155 mil­lion to sup­port enrol­ment growth at Ontario’s post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tions through 2009–2010. In addi­tion, the gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $310 mil­lion for new spaces at Ontario’s uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in 2010–2011. 

The bud­get also reit­er­at­ed a pro­pos­al first con­tained in the March 8 Speech from the Throne to devel­op a plan to pro­mote Ontario inter­na­tion­al­ly as a des­ti­na­tion for post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion. 

“We look for­ward to receiv­ing fur­ther details from the gov­ern­ment on this pro­pos­al to pro­mote Ontario as an inter­na­tion­al des­ti­na­tion for qual­i­ty high­er edu­ca­tion,” Nay­lor said. 

Estab­lished in 1827, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to today oper­ates in down­town Toron­to, Mis­sis­sauga and Scar­bor­ough, as well as in ten renowned aca­d­e­m­ic hos­pi­tals. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to has assem­bled one of the strongest research and teach­ing fac­ul­ties in North Amer­i­ca, pre­sent­ing top stu­dents at all lev­els with an intel­lec­tu­al envi­ron­ment unmatched in breadth and depth on any oth­er Cana­di­an cam­pus. UofT fac­ul­ty co-author more research arti­cles than their col­leagues at any uni­ver­si­ty in the U.S. or Cana­da oth­er than Har­vard. As a mea­sure of impact, UofT con­sis­tent­ly ranks along­side the top five U.S. uni­ver­si­ties whose dis­cov­er­ies are most often cit­ed by oth­er researchers around the world. The UofT fac­ul­ty are also wide­ly rec­og­nized for their teach­ing strengths and com­mit­ment to grad­u­ate super­vi­sion. 


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Lau­rie Stephens
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
416–978-2105; 416–500-0064