Historic Investment in Virtual Learning Strategy

Published on December 18, 2020

Minister Romano and Minister Bethlenfalvy announced that the government is strengthening the province’s position as a global leader in postsecondary education with an historic $50 million investment to improve virtual learning and educational technologies.

The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of high quality and accessible virtual learning at colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes.

This investment will support lifelong learners in achieving their educational and professional aspirations and is the first of its kind in our province’s history – providing dedicated funding to support virtual learning at publicly-assisted colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes.

The Virtual Learning Strategy is one of more than 30 projects in Ontario Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government that changes the way people and businesses interact with government.

As Ontario begins to recover, virtual learning supports will provide flexible and accessible opportunities for all Ontarians to increase their skills and build a fulfilling career.

This will ensure Ontarians have access to high-quality, market-responsive, and globally competitive virtual learning opportunities that will help them re-enter the workforce with the skills they need to build a rewarding career.

By investing in virtual learning, the government is bringing an Ontario-made education system to the world, strengthening our position as a global leader in post-secondary education, and creating the foundation for a strong economic recovery.

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