System Vision

This paper provides a broad discussion of the future structure and function of Ontario’s post-secondary system. It addresses six topics in particular that influence the shape and direction of the sector: differentiation, satellite campuses, instructional quality and capacity, campus infrastructure, cost inflation, and funding.

These subjects arise in light of Ontario’s commitment to PSE growth over the last decade. OUSA supports working towards a prosperous province and strong workforce, however the government’s pursuit of growth has come at a price to students; university costs have risen while provincial funding has continued to be comparatively lagging. This has led to increased tuition and ancillary fees, cut services, and compromised educational quality.

This paper sets out a vision of PSE that prioritizes the accessibility, affordability, and quality of education by addressing issues embedded in the six topics listed above.