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  • March 04, 2009


McGuinty Government Supporting Students, Strengthening the Economy

March 4, 2009

Ontario is building a stronger workforce by boosting the number of graduate spaces at each of Ryerson, York, and University of Toronto.

Combined, the three universities can create a total of 559 new master’s and 483 new PhD spaces with an additional $16.32 million in support from the Province.

Over the next three years, Ontario will invest $51.6 million to create almost 3,300 new graduate spaces at universities across the province. The new spaces will enable more students to study for careers in high-demand sectors such as engineering and environmental studies.

This investment builds on the government’s $6.2-billion Reaching Higher plan for postsecondary education. By expanding professional and research-based graduate programs, this investment supports innovation in Ontario’s knowledge-based economy and improves the province’s competitive position globally.

“Ontario’s highly skilled workforce is our province’s greatest asset,” said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy. “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.”


  • York University can create 28 Masters and 140 new PhD positions with $2.63 million in additional funding.

  • Ryerson can create 193 Masters and 95 PhD positions with $4.51 million in additional funding.

  • University of Toronto can create 338 Masters and 248 PhD positions with $9.18 million in additional funding.

  • This investment will create 1,925 new master’s spaces and 1,373 new PhD spaces in Ontario.

  • By 2011-12, the McGuinty government will be investing $221.6 million annually to support the creation of over 15,000 new graduate spaces.

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