The Ontario government’s announcement today of $25 million in emergency funding for post-secondary education is a major investment in student success as the province continues to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We are so grateful for the Ministry's assistance in the midst of this crisis," said St. Clair College President Patti France. "It will go a long way towards alleviating the difficulties and stress confronting some of our students, and the unforeseen expenses which have been incurred by our institutions."
Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano announced today the province has provided $25 million to colleges, universities and Indigenous institutes to mitigate some of the early costs of addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
The funding addresses a range of fiscal pressures including support for students stranded in a community, the purchase of cleaning and medical supplies, the costs for physical and mental health resources and the added expense of transitioning to remote learning.
St. Clair College announced on March 13 that in-person classes were being cancelled to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The College moved to online classes March 23, following March Break. The alternate delivery measures will continue through to the end of the semester.
"Through the entire COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry – and the provincial government as a whole – have been exceedingly conscientious, empathetic and supportive of all colleges, our students and our employees," France added. "From the outset of the crisis, its cooperative commitment has ensured that we were able to maintain the delivery of postsecondary education throughout Ontario, allowing the completion of the current academic year."