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  • February 06, 2014

Launch of the Productivity and Innovation Fund

Province Provides Support to Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College




February 6, 2014


Peterborough - Our government is committed to working with Ontario’s postsecondary education sector to support innovation and build the high-quality, sustainable system needed to prepare the highly skilled workforce of the future.


We are pleased to launch the Productivity and Innovation Fund, a key component of the government’s postsecondary education transformation agenda.


Through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Productivity and Innovation Fund, Trent University will receive $983,600 and Fleming College $808,781 in total funding.


The Productivity and Innovation Fund was created in support of the transformation of the postsecondary education sector in Ontario. The fund also aligns with the Putting Students First plan and the 2013 Ontario Budget, confirming our government’s commitment to work with the postsecondary sector to enhance innovation to improve productivity while supporting quality education for students over the short and longer terms.




“The Provincial Government is committed to working with Ontario’s postsecondary facilities to ensure every student has the best learning outcomes possible. This funding will promote and develop collaborations between our universities and colleges, improve the student’s quality of learning and affordability.” said The Hon. Jeff Leal


“I’m pleased that Trent was granted this funding and am very grateful to the ongoing support of the provincial government in ensuring the best possible education for Trent University students,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Trent is a leader in developing synergies with our partner institutions to effectively and efficiently offer pathways between institutions and manage operations. This support will allow us to explore additional innovation to enhance the student educational experience.”

“Innovation and accessibility are two themes we strive to weave into all we do at Fleming College. This funding will allow us to expand our capacity on both these fronts,” said Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College. “Continuing advances in technology create the opportunity to ensure that students have greater access to the program of their choice. Having the vision and support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to achieve this is encouraging and welcome.”









  • Total funding $1,792,381 through the Productivity and Innovation Fund
  • The $45 million Productivity and Innovation Fund is a one-time program. The goals of the fund are to: 
  • Support innovation;
  • Improve the quality of learning, learning outcomes, and affordability for students;
  • Enable strategic collaborations; and
  • Support system differentiation.
  • An additional $2.5 million in funding is dedicated to advancing online learning in


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