Better schools, better education
Education plays a huge role in shaping our opportunities. We’re committed to making sure a quality education is within everyone’s reach.
But Liberal and Conservative governments have undermined the quality of education and put barriers in front of students. Crowded classrooms, inadequate support for kids with special needs, rigid testing and chronic underfunding have all made it harder for our kids to learn.
And spiralling tuition fees saddle post-secondary students with huge debt loads.
We can do better in Ontario. A quality education should be a natural part of growing up in our province.
It’s really exciting to be able to study in my mother tongue and in my own province. Francophones and Francophiles have been campaigning for the francophone university for a long time, and I am really happy that they have made a commitment to make this dream a reality for people like me. Thank you to everyone involved for recognizing that Franco–Ontarians have the right to learn in their own language.
C’est vraiment excitant de pouvoir étudier dans ma langue maternelle et dans ma propre province. Les francophones et francophiles militent pour l’université francophone depuis longtemps, et je suis vraiment heureux qu’ils se soient engagés à faire de ce rêve une réalité pour les gens comme moi. Merci, à tous et toutes impliqué d’avoir reconnu que les Franco-Ontariennes et les Franco— Ontariens ont le droit d’apprendre dans leur propre langue.
Our changes for the better
Fixing our public schools
Too many kids are going to school in buildings without proper heat or cooling, with leaky roofs or stairways overdue for repair. After years of Conservative and Liberal governments neglecting schools, the backlog of needed repairs has reached $15 billion.
Our 10-year capital plan will invest $16 billion and will specifically address the repair backlog in Ontario’s schools.
And we’ll fix the rules around Education Development Charges— payments developers make when they build new homes or condos — so they can be used to fund new schools.
Funding schools properly
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will fund schools properly.
We will work with parents, front-line educators, students, and educational experts to overhaul the education funding formula starting with a comprehensive public review based on two key principles: equity and quality.
A new funding formula will address violence in classrooms, curb class sizes and fund special education based on actual needs, not overall populations.
Grants, not loans
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will address affordability head-on with a game-changing initiative: provincial loans for all new post-secondary students will become grants. Every student whose family is eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Plan will graduate free of any debt to the province.
We will retroactively forgive all interest for everyone carrying provincial student loan debts.
And graduates who have been harassed and threatened by private debt collectors for student loans can breathe easier. The province will no longer hire private debt collection services.
We’ll end the financial choke-hold on colleges and universities by lifting the budget freeze. And we’ll make sure funding keeps up, so post-secondary institutions can offer the choices and quality of instruction Ontario students deserve.
Giving kindergarten students the attention they need
Moratorium on school closings
27,000 new job opportunities for students
End EQAO tests
Faculty renewal strategy
Welcome the first students to the Franco–Ontarian university
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?