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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Saturday, June 24, 2023

New and Expanded Medical Schools Announced across Canada

The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

REGINA – The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is celebrating the expansion of its Regina-based undergraduate medical doctor (MD) program with the grand opening of its new campus facilities. The ribbon cutting ceremony officially marks the expansion of the MD program in Regina to the full four years and celebrates the MD program being based in two Saskatchewan cities.

A new medical school for B.C.

The provincial government is enhancing primary care and access to family doctors across B.C. Part of this work includes the creation of a medical school at SFU to educate more doctors to serve underserved populations and to improve care throughout the province.

Ontario Training More Doctors

Expanded undergraduate and postgraduate medical school positions will be allocated as follows:

  • Ryerson University will receive 80 undergraduate seats and 95 postgraduate positions
  • University of Toronto will receive 30 undergraduate seats and 45 postgraduate positions
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine will receive 30 undergraduate seats, and 41 postgraduate positions
  • Queen’s University will receive 20 undergraduate seats and 30 postgraduate positions
  • Western University, McMaster University and University of Ottawa will each receive 28 postgraduate positions.

The University of Prince Edward Island announced that it is creating a new faculty of medicine, in partnership with Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. The faculty will provide 20 seats for Island students, including at least one for an Indigenous student.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston's state of the province address focused on the government's firm commitment to fix health care and included the announcement of a new medical school for Cape Breton University.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Alberta 2030 initiative will transform the adult learning system

 Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs is a transformational vision and direction to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, strengthen innovation and commercialization of research, and forge stronger relationships between employers and post-secondary institutions.

Key Goals:


Improve access and student experience

Ensure all Albertans have access to high quality post-secondary opportunities and that the student experience is coordinated and integrated.


Develop skills for jobs

Ensure every student has the skills, knowledge and competencies to enjoy fulfilling lives and careers and that they have greater transparency around labour market outcomes.


Support innovation and commercialization

Contribute to Alberta’s innovation capacity by supporting post-secondary research and strengthening its commercialization potential to create new knowledge, develop future skills and diversify the economy.


Strengthen internationalization

Become a leading destination for top talent to drive the growth of skills, ideas and innovations locally and globally.


Improve sustainability and affordability

Provide institutions greater flexibility to generate own-source revenue and strengthen student aid.


Strengthen system governance

Modernize governance of the system to increase collaboration and drive outcomes.

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