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The province of Ontario
Ontario is a province of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province and second largest in total area. It is home to the nation's most populous city, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa....
has 24 publicly-funded college
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s: 18 in Southern Ontario
Southern Ontario is a region of the province of Ontario, Canada that lies south of the French River and Algonquin Park. Depending on the inclusion of the Parry Sound and Muskoka districts, its surface area would cover between 14 to 15% of the province. It is the southernmost region of...
and 6 in Northern Ontario
Northern Ontario is a region of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies north of Lake Huron , the French River and Lake Nipissing. The region has a land area of 802,000 km2 and constitutes 87% of the land area of Ontario, although it contains only about 6% of the population...
. There are two types of colleges in Ontario: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
and Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning
. The colleges offer Ontario College Diploma (OCD), and a limited number of degree programs which are two years, three years, and four years in length. Some courses of study lead to official certifications in skilled trades that are regulated by professional associations. Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning offer a limited number of degree programs, either in conjunction with a nearby university
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or on their own.
Most Ontario colleges were founded in the 1960s, after Ontario's Minister of Education, the Honourable William Grenville Davis, tabled
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Bill-153 on May 21, 1965, to create a post-secondary educational system different from that of universities. As of early 2000s, most Ontario colleges offer one or more bachelor programs in an applied area of study.
Colleges marked with (fr) are French language
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- Higher education in Ontario
Higher education in Ontario includes postsecondary education and skills training regulated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and provided by universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, and private career colleges. The current minister is Glen Murray who assumed the...
- List of universities in Ontario
- List of Ontario students' associations
- Ontario Student Assistance Program
The Ontario Student Assistance Program is a financial aid program delivered by the government of Ontario, Canada, for post-secondary education students...
- Ontario College Application Service
The Ontario College Application Service is a non-profit corporation created by the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning in the province of Ontario, Canada....