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Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is the ministry of the government of Ontario responsible for administration of laws relating to post-secondary education and skills training. This ministry is one of two education ministries, the other being the Ministry of Education (responsible for primary and secondary schools across Ontario). The Ministry's offices are in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The current minister is Merrilee Fullerton.

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités  (French)
Agency overview
Formed1964
HeadquartersToronto[1]
Annual budgetEstimated C$ 6.2 Billion in 2008/09[2]
Ministers responsible
  • Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Websitehttps://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-advanced-education-and-skills-development

Contents

HistoryEdit

In May, 1964, the Department of University Affairs Act was passed establishing the Department of University Affairs. The department was charged with administering the government's support programs for higher education, previously the responsibility of the Department of Education. Bill Davis, the inaugural minister, was the Minister of Education at the time and continued to hold the position after the department's establishment.

In addition to jurisdiction over higher education, The department also had financial jurisdiction over the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In October 1971, the department's size was doubled by the addition of the Applied Arts and Technology Branch of the Department of Education. In light of this expansion of functions, the name of the department was changed to the Department of Colleges and Universities.

It was renamed the Ministry of Colleges and Universities in 1972 as part of a government-wide restructuring. In 1975, various cultural programs and institutions of the ministry were transferred to the newly created Ministry of Culture and Recreation.

In 1985, a separate Ministry of Skills Development was created. In 1993, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Skills Development were combined to form the Ministry of Education and Training.

In June 1999, the responsibilities for post-secondary education and skills development were again given to a standalone ministry, named the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Briefly between 2016 and 2018, it was renamed the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

GovernanceEdit

The Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities is a member of the Executive Council of Ontario (or cabinet) reporting to the Premier and held accountable by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The deputy minister manages the operations of the ministry that includes five main divisions. As a whole, the ministry has responsibility for administration of laws relating to postsecondary education and skills training in Ontario. The divisions cover employment and training, postsecondary education, strategic policy and programs, corporate management and services, and French-language education and educational operations.[3] The divisions report to the deputy minister who then reports to the minister.[3] The ministry works with several external advisory bodies to assist in the governance of the higher education system in Ontario.[4]

ReportsEdit

Rae Report, 2005Edit

The Rae Report, officially titled Ontario: A Leader in Learning, called for deregulation of tuition fees, income-contingent loan repayments, and an increase in public funding.[5]

List of ministersEdit

Portrait Name Term of office Tenure Political party
(Ministry)
Note
Minister of University Affairs PC
(Robarts)
  Bill Davis May 14, 1964 March 1, 1971 6 years, 291 days Concurrently Minister of Education
John White March 1, 1971 October 28, 1971 to be continued PC
(Davis)
Minister of Colleges and Universities
John White October 28, 1971 February 2, 1972 338 days
George Kerr February 2, 1972 September 28, 1972 239 days
Jack McNie September 28, 1972 February 26, 1974 1 year, 151 days
James Auld February 26, 1974 October 7, 1975 1 year, 223 days
Harry Parrott October 7, 1975 August 18, 1978 2 years, 315 days
Bette Stephenson August 18, 1978 February 8, 1985 6 years, 174 days Concurrently Minister of Education
Keith Norton February 8, 1985 May 17, 1985 98 days PC
(Miller)
Concurrently Minister of Education
Larry Grossman May 17, 1985 June 26, 1985 40 days Concurrently Minister of Education and Government House Leader
Greg Sorbara June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987 2 years, 95 days Liberal
(Peterson)
Concurrently Minister of Skills Development
Lyn McLeod September 29, 1987 August 2, 1989 1 year, 307 days Alvin Curling served as Minister of Skills Development during this time
Sean Conway August 2, 1989 October 1, 1990 1 year, 60 days Concurrently Minister of Education & Minister of Skills Development
Richard Allen October 1, 1990 February 3, 1993 2 years, 125 days NDP
(Rae)
Concurrently Minister of Skills Development
Minister of Education and Training
Dave Cooke February 3, 1993 June 26, 1995 2 years, 143 days
John Snobelen June 26, 1995 October 10, 1997 2 years, 106 days PC
(Harris)
David Johnson October 10, 1997 June 17, 1999 1 year, 250 days
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Dianne Cunningham June 17, 1999 April 14, 2002 4 years, 127 days Concurrently Minister Responsible for Women's Issues (February 8, 2001 – October 22, 2003)
April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003 PC
(Eves)
Mary Anne Chambers October 23, 2003 June 29, 2005 1 year, 249 days Liberal
(McGuinty)
Chris Bentley June 29, 2005 October 30, 2007 2 years, 123 days
  John Milloy October 30, 2007 October 20, 2011 3 years, 355 days
(first instance)
  Glen Murray October 20, 2011 November 5, 2012 1 year, 16 days Resigned to seek the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party
  John Milloy November 5, 2012 February 11, 2013 98 days
(first instance)
4 years and 88 days in total
Interim minister upon Murray's resignation
  Brad Duguid February 11, 2013 June 24, 2014 1 year, 133 days Liberal
(Wynne)
  Reza Moridi June 24, 2014 June 13, 2016 1 year, 355 days Concurrently Minister of Research and Innovation
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  Deb Matthews June 13, 2016 January 17, 2018 1 year, 218 days While Deputy Premier, Chair of Cabinet and Minister Responsible for Digital Government
  Mitzie Hunter January 17, 2018 June 29, 2018 163 days
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities PC
(Ford)
Merrilee Fullerton June 29, 2018 Incumbent 350 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Government of Ontario. Contacts. Retrieved May 30, 2008, from
  2. ^ Ministry of Finance Ontario (2008). Expenditure estimates. Retrieved May 29, 2008, from
  3. ^ a b Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Ontario (2008, May 29). Organization chart. Retrieved May 30, 2008, from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/tcu_chart.pdf
  4. ^ Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Ontario (2007, March 16). Agencies, boards, and commissions. Retrieved May 30, 2008, from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/abcs/
  5. ^ Rae Report