Ontario says it’s committing $51.6 million to add some 3,300 graduate spaces at its universities over the next few years.
The government says the investment will enable more students to study in high-demand sectors such as engineering and environmental studies.
The money, from the $6.2-billion Reaching Higher program, will create 1,925 new master’s spaces and 1,373 new PhD spaces.
Ontario’s seven largest research universities will receive about 75 per cent of the new spots.
The University of Toronto will get the most with 588, followed by the University of Western Ontario with 504.
According to government estimates, seven out of 10 new jobs created in Ontario over the next decade will require post-secondary education or training.
“Ontario’s highly skilled workforce is our province’s greatest asset,” Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy said in a release.
“By helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy and attract the kind of jobs and investment that will build prosperity for all Ontario families.”
Here is a list of universities slated to receive the spaces and the allotments:
University of Toronto – 588
University of Western Ontario – 504
University of Waterloo – 461
McMaster University – 338
University of Ottawa – 277
Ryerson University – 289
University of Guelph – 232
York University – 168
Queen’s University – 97
University of Ontario Institute of Technology – 97
Wilfrid Laurier University – 68
Carleton University – 67
Lakehead University – 49
Laurentian University – 33
Trent University – 26
Ontario College of Art and Design – 6
University of Windsor – 4
– The Canadian Press