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  • April 07, 2017

Ontario Marks 50th Anniversary of College System

Province Making Commemorative Investment to Create Centre for Health Care Simulation at Mohawk College


NEWS                                                                                                                   April 7, 2017

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s College System, the province declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience.


Ontario is providing $2.3 million in support of Mohawk College’s new Centre for Health Care Simulation at its Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Hamilton. The centre is the first of its kind at an Ontario college and will be used to develop the clinical skills of more than 2,000 students every semester.


Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 




“This investment will provide students at Mohawk College with state-of-the-art resources including specialized software for teaching, new lab equipment and technology to modernize classrooms and labs. It’s a privilege to support Mohawk in ensuring their graduates have the tools they need to acquire the right skills for today’s knowledge-based economy.”

-Ted McMeekin MPP Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale


“Mohawk is committed to strengthening our leadership in simulation-based learning. The Province’s investment in our new Centre for Health Care Simulation will help us better prepare our students for their clinical placements and their future careers as health care professionals.” - Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie


“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”

— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government





  • Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration – a total of $50 million to mark the 50th anniversary.
  • In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th anniversary.
  • In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
  • About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
  • Mohawk’s $3.5 million Centre for Health Care Simulation will feature 2,322 square metres of  integrated clinical lab space for more than 2,000 students in health sciences programs.





For further information please contact Ted McMeekin  905-690-6552








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