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Ontario Colleges: Where are We Now?

Former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae, and education researchers Mary Catharine Lennon and Glen A. Jones presented a panel discussion on education trends in Ontario Colleges on March 31, 2015 at the Convention Centre, in London Ontario.  Darryl Bedford, President of OPSEU Local 110,  joined the panel and Larry Cornies moderated. 


On the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ontario Colleges, former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae, came to London to talk about college education with a panel of distinguished experts. The event was open to the public and free of charge. College faculty, students, parents, and members of the general public were presented with the results of a report examining the current challenges of funding, staffing, costs and quality in Ontario colleges entitled: The Rae Report in Retrospect (2015).

Rae reviewed his earlier landmark report Ontario: A Leader in Learning, and panel participants discussed its influence today. Audience members had opportunities to ask questions, and address tough issues concerning college affordability, access and quality.

Some key issues and questions of the report:

  • College-university credit transfer and education pathways
  • Offering degrees at colleges
  • Funding the colleges
  • The future of Ontario Colleges and where do they go from here?

The Rae Report in Retrospect – Executive Summary

The Rae Report in Retrospect – Full Report

 Ontario – A Leader in Learning (2005)

 Rae Report Footage