Saturday, July 20, 2024

The BC Ministry New EQA Code of Practice

 New EQA Code of Practice – January 2025 Implementation

The BC Ministry has developed a new Code of Practice to strengthen protection and supports for international students. As of January 2025, all institutions will be required to verify they meet the standards set out in the Code.

What is EQA?Enables post-secondary institutions to host international students on study permits.* These institutions can be found on the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Designated Learning Institutions list. The EQA brand is registered as an Official Government Mark under federal trademark legislation, which protects it from unauthorized use.

All post-secondary institutions and language schools hosting international students on study permits must have EQA designation.  EQA designation is not required for institutions hosting international students (who do not require study permits) for six months or less.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Actions to Improve Integrity of Postsecondary Education


Ontario Taking Action to Improve Integrity of Postsecondary Education and Promote Employment in Critical Sectors

Changes will help get more young people into rewarding careers in health care and skilled trades

TORONTO – The Ontario government will introduce a suite of measures to protect students and improve the integrity of Ontario’s postsecondary education.

“The challenges stemming from the recent spike in students coming to Canada, including predatory practices by bad-actor recruiters, misinformation regarding citizenship and permanent residency, false promises of guaranteed employment, and inadequate housing for students, require immediate attention and collaborative action,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “At the same time, we need to strengthen the links between Ontario’s labour market needs and the programs being offered to students so we can get even more people into rewarding careers in health care and the skilled trades.”

To protect the integrity of postsecondary education and promote employment in critical sectors like health care and the skilled trades, the government’s measures will include the following:

Colleges and Universities

  • Institute a review of programs offered by postsecondary institutions that have a sizeable amount of international students to ensure that program quality protects Ontario’s reputation as a world leader in education and meets Ontario’s labour market demands.
  • Ensure that programs being offered are meeting the needs of the labour market so that students can build a life in Ontario once their education is complete.
  • Introduce a moratorium on new public college-private partnerships while further work is done to strengthen oversight mechanisms and ensure the quality of existing partnerships.
  • Implement measures to improve the response rate to student outcome surveys that will help ensure the best academic outcomes are being achieved.
  • Require all colleges and universities to have a guarantee that housing options are available for incoming international students.

Career Colleges

  • Better integrate enforcement efforts across ministries to strengthen oversight of career colleges, including enhanced data management, documentation processes, and the efficacy of compliance investigations, ensuring timely responses to concerns and complaints.

The Ontario government will also work with sector partners and the federal government to explore ways to further crack down on bad-actor recruiters who take advantage of international students and make dubious claims of employment and citizenship.

“We must find more ways to work together to combat gross recruitment practices while protecting our ability to attract the world’s best and brightest to study here in Ontario,” said Minister Dunlop. “These actions will also ensure that we implement sensible policies that protect against worsening Ontario’s housing affordability issues. We need to ensure that students coming to study here have a place to live.”

The government is also continuing to evaluate the recommendations on postsecondary financial stability that were submitted by the blue-ribbon panel late last year. As this review process continues, the government will work closely with the sector to reach an outcome that provides stability and certainty for postsecondary institutions and students alike, with further details to be announced by the end of February.

As the Ontario government takes the necessary action to protect students, it will work jointly with the federal government to protect the stability of post-secondary education across the province and country.

Quick Facts

  • Postsecondary institutions are important sources of job creation, skills training, research, innovation and commercialization, making them leading contributors to Ontario’s overall economic growth.
  • Every $1 invested in postsecondary education generates a positive economic return on investment estimated at $1.36.
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Friday, July 7, 2023

Ontario Plans to Boost Math, Writing and Reading Skills

Ontario is investing more than $71 million in 2023-24 in a new math plan, supported by the recently introduced modernized math curriculum that mandates financial literacy and coding in every grade.

The province’s plan to boost math skills will:

  • Support more than 300 educators to support student learning in math
  • Double the number of school math coaches in classrooms to provide direct support to teachers and students
  • Introduce one math lead per board to spearhead math curriculum implementation and standardize training, and provide additional supports for math coaches in the classrooms
  • Expand access to digital math tools that students and parents can access anytime
  • Continue live teacher-led virtual tutoring services focused on math
  • Enhance skills of new teachers through dedicated training and covering costs of additional math qualification courses to enhance math fluency and competency.

To further support students facing challenges with math, the government is deploying Math Action Teams to school boards or schools to raise standards, training and student outcomes. Teams will work with school boards to identify and recommend targeted, evidence-based responses to improve math achievement for Ontario students.

To help more young students build stronger reading skills, the province is investing $109 million in 2023-24 to boost literacy rates, which will:

  • Introduce new, Canada-leading, early reading screening requirements for all students in Year 2 of Kindergarten to Grade 2, along with a standardized and fully funded screening tool and training for educators, to ensure students receive the necessary foundational skills and early interventions in reading that are critical to future success
  • Fund additional specialist teachers who can work one-on-one or in small groups to help students who need additional support in reading
  • Invest in almost 700 educators to support development and excellence in literacy for Ontario students
  • Introduce an overhauled language curriculum in September of 2023 with an emphasis on ensuring students at an early age can master basic literacy.

“This investment is an investment in our kids’ futures. Supporting them to develop strong, life-long skills in important areas like reading, writing and math will set our kids up for success in the long run,” said Patrice Barnes, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. “I am proud this government is providing our kids with the opportunity to achieve success today, tomorrow and in the jobs of the future.”

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