Doug Ford announced today that he would be reverting Bill 148 and it looks like the cuts are going to continue. The Ontario Government announced at 6:00 PM on Tuesday evening that they would be cancelling three new campus expansions for Canadian universities in the province.
Ryerson University, York University, and Laurier University are the post-secondary schools affected by the cancellations which will save the government $308 million in funding. Halting the construction of the expansions will cost 8000 program spots for students hoping to attend post-secondary in Ontario.
Not only are these expansions for Universtiy students in the province, but they were also all joint ventures with Ontario colleges to benefit the maximum amount of students. The Ontario government said the decision was not easy but is a result of cutting costs to fight Ontario's $15 billion deficit.
Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, made the statement on behalf of the government. She stated that "The government is committed to taking action to restore trust and accountability in the province's public finances. This measure will help make government more effective and efficient, and will ensure all spending is delivering the best value for the people of Ontario."
So which projects are going to be scrapped? All the campus expansions are coincidentally in the Greater Toronto Area and previously committed millions in funding through the previous Liberal government.
The York University and Seneca College Campus that was set to open in Markham has been scrapped, as well as the Wilfred Laurier University campus partnership with Conestoga College set to open in Milton. Ryerson University was teaming up with Sheridan College to open a campus in Brampton that was also scrapped.
While the York University expansion construction started this year the other plans for expansion have yet to actually break ground.
Doug Ford's campaign for Premiere boasted his intentions to cut extra spending in the province, but the planned post-secondary campuses were set to serve 8,000 new students paying tuition upon opening.