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Foreign nationals seeking a study permit to attend a postsecondary institution in Ontario for the purpose of taking a program of study that is six months in duration or longer must attend a postsecondary institution designated by Ontario for the purposes of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. This is often referred to as the International Student Program.

On December 4, 2015, all private career colleges received notification from the Ministry regarding changes made to its International Student Program (ISP) application process and designation framework. Although the process is similar to the previous year, the Ministry has distributed documentation to apply for or renew ISP designation for the 2016 year.

ISP Application and Renewal Documentation:

As of January 1, 2017, all Ontario career colleges are required to maintain a sexual violence policy template. To prepare career colleges for the responsibilities entailed in this new legislation, Career Colleges Ontario offers a sexual violence and harassment webinar “When and How to Investigate“. Purchase of this webinar includes an mp4 recording of the event and a copy of CCO’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy Template.

In March, 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence to eliminate sexual violence and harassment in Ontario’s communities, workplaces and campuses.

In October 2015, the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues unveiled Bill 132, which delivers on many of the promises Premiere Wynne made in earlier that year. The bill strengthens sexual violence and harassment laws, and protects survivors and those raising sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) supports this initiative and continues to work closely with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to help career colleges and their students create a work and educational environment free from sexual violence or sexual harassment.

To that end, CCO has developed the Career College Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy Template. This template is to serve as a sexual violence and sexual harassment policy guideline for career colleges, and may be adopted as is or incorporated into existing career college sexual violence and sexual harassment policies.

On May 13, 2016, the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges distributed a memorandum to all registered career colleges in Ontario regarding the newly passed Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act.

In this update, the Superintendent announced that, as a result of the passing of Bill 132, amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, have now been approved and will come into force January 1, 2017.

CCO continues to play an active role in the effort to end sexual violence and harassment in Ontario and is currently a key member of the SVHAP Reporting Advisory Committee.

As part of the amendments to the legislation, private career colleges are required to:

  • Participate in a student campus climate survey on sexual violence
  • Report to government on sexual violence that students formally report to institutions and on supports available
Additional Information

CCO has also created a public resource centre where we will post information that we receive from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on this initiative.

September 2015 Addendum to the Superintendent’s Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities 

October 2015 Superintendent’s memorandum on the revised Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP has provided a brief overview of the recently proposed changes to workplace harassment laws in their article, “Significant Changes to Workplace Harassment Laws on the Horizon for Ontario“. The views and opinions expressed in the article are that of its publisher’s and are not necessarily that of Career Colleges Ontario.

At the 2015 Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the launch of the latest campaign to tackle sexual violence and harassment. The ad depicts situations in which some Ontarians may fail to recognize as sexual harassment–from sexual harassment on the job, to expected sexual favours after a date. The anti-sexual harassment advertisement will appear on television starting November 23, 2015. Follow the link for more information and promotional material.

On January 22, 2016, CCO’s CEO Sharon Maloney made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy with respect to Bill 132 – the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act – and specifically the proposed amendments to the Private Career Colleges Act.

This paper was commisioned by the Ontario Association of Career Colleges in January 2012. It is designed to shed light on the question of the value of career colleges to the Ontario economy by looking not only at its own economic footprint, but also the economic impact of its graduates, and its overall efficiency at getting people through programs and established in the world of work.

Do you or one of your students have a question for our Financial Aid Office? Career Colleges Ontario has composed the following FAQ documents to answer your rudimentary financial aid questions. We ask that you please consult these documents prior to contacting the association’s financial aid office.

Find a career college near you by using this useful online search tool.

CCO Members can access our archive of Tuesday Tips, featuring topics ranging from compliance to social media.

Visit our Training Centre, which provides a wide variety of online continuing education courses for career education institutions. CCO members receive a discounted rate.

Ontario Government Resources

Ontario’s Career Colleges are governed by the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and two sets of regulations.

This regulation, under the PCC Act, 2005, deals primarily with the Training Completion Assurance Fund and other financial matters.

This regulation, under the PCC Act, 2005, covers areas including registration, advertising, admissions requirements, protection of student interests, and more.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is the government body responsible for registering and regulating the province’s career colleges.

Thinking about a private career college education? This is a great place to start.

This is where you will find the Superintendent’s career college Policy Directives and Factsheets.

The MAESD provides a central repository for forms pertaining to career colleges.

The ONe-Key site provides access to the OSAP FAO portal.

The Registration Information for Career Colleges (RICC) system allows private career colleges to apply for registration, renewal of registration and program approval, as well as make changes to existing registration and program information.

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board website.

Find out the eligibility requirements and more on Second Career funding.

For information on Health and Safety and Employment Standards.

For information on business growth and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Federal Government Resources

For information on study permits, work permits for students, and information for educational institutions, visit the CIC website.

For students to file their T2202A forms and receive their deductions, your career college must be listed as a certified Private Education Institution by the HRSDC.

For information on federal student loans.

Other Resources

NACC has been the national voice of career colleges since 1896. CCO members gain membership with NACC and access to their benefits and services.

The Ontario School Counsellors’ Association website.

A Resource Guide for Ontario’s Colleges and Universities from the Government of Ontario.

HRdownloads provides useful HR templates.

The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education is a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today.

This report was commisioned by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) as part of a multi-year effort to improve the quality of education and skills training in Canada while enhancing young people’s ability to succeed in the 21st-century job market.

Published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

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