McGuinty Government Announces Expanded Northern and Rural College Funding

The McGuinty government is expanding its support for small, northern, and rural colleges to ensure more students have the opportunity to study and succeed at post-secondary institutions, Training, Colleges, and Universities minister Chris Bentley announced Monday.
“We are on the side of hard-working Ontario families who want their sons and daughters to find opportunity,” Bentley said.
“That’s why our government is committed to ensuring that all Ontarians, no matter where they live, have access to high quality post-secondary programs in their communities,” he added.
Through the “Reaching Higher” plan, the McGuinty government is investing $65.3 million in 2006-07—an increase of $20 million since 2004-05—to help small, northern, and rural colleges provide high-quality programs in their communities.”
Confederation College will receive almost $9 million of the funding.
“I am particularly pleased with our government’s attention to the distinct needs of our northern colleges, such as Confederation, and their satellite campuses,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle.
“This significant funding is another example of our government’s commitment to enhancing our northern institutions, their programs, and the communities they serve,” he added.
“I’m pleased that this major funding allocation will increase and improve post-secondary access for our youth in Northern Ontario,” echoed Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro.
“This is a significant amount of money that can be used to hire new staff and enhance course selection,” he noted.
“The college is pleased that the new funding for small, northern, and rural colleges recognizes for the first time our six regional campuses and still reflects the vast geography we serve,” said Patricia Lang, president of Confederation College.
“It will allow us to maintain a reasonable breadth of programming and access this year,” she remarked.