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Updated: 2024-01-30 13:24:03

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College Grads are the Backbone of Ontario's Economy

Ottawa’s new student visa rules will disproportionately harm colleges — and all Ontarians will feel the impact

By Maureen Adamson

Maureen Adamson is the President of Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

This article appeared as an Op Ed in The Peterborough Examiner, published February 22, 2024. Read this article online here.

Back in December, federal immigration minister Marc Miller warned that the federal government might have to step in to curb rising international student numbers and that, if it did, provinces and institutions “will not like the bluntness of the instruments that we use.”

Mr. Miller’s warning has proven salient. In January the federal government placed a cap on international student visas and limited access to postgraduate work permits (PGWPs). Colleges and universities understand the government’s motivation to act. But as is often the case with blunt instruments, their impact is not hitting every part of the higher education sector with equal force.

The new federal measures will disproportionately harm Ontario’s colleges at a time when their value to the economy is higher, and more crucial, than ever. And the pain will be felt in communities across the province.

Colleges serve a specific mission in Ontario’s higher education sector: they provide training and credentials for tradespeople and front-line workers who require specific qualifications. These include the electricians, carpenters, technicians and other construction trades Ontario needs to build housing for our growing population.

They also include the personal support workers who look after the province’s elderly, the early childhood educators who teach our youngest children, the practical nurses who alleviate the pressure on our healthcare system, the police, firefighters and paramedics who provide first-response to emergencies, and the mental health and addictions workers who support our most vulnerable.

Taken as a whole, these workers are the human foundation upon which Ontario’s economy and society have been built. And the reality is that our foundation is currently exhibiting deep stress fractures. We can all see and feel the pressures on the system: long wait times for healthcare, a lack of qualified daycare workers, insufficient elder care, increased drug addiction and homelessness.

What you’re actually seeing and feeling is a shortage of college graduates in the labour force. Currently, 25 per cent of all current job vacancies in Ontario require a college education. It’s expected that 36 per cent of new jobs created in the years ahead will require college credentials.

Ontario colleges have one job: to make sure those positions are filled. This is the primary reason why Ontario’s college sector has turned to international enrolment — to meet demand for those skills and shore up our social and economic foundation. Amid all the rhetoric about “bad actors” and “diploma mills” looking to make a quick buck, Ontario’s colleges are doing nothing of the sort. They are pursuing their mission to produce quality graduates across all their campuses.

This is doubly true of Ontario’s rural and rural-urban hybrid colleges who primarily serve local workforce needs. Those colleges are located in smaller cities where populations are aging most quickly, with higher proportions of seniors than Ontario’s major metropolitan areas. They need robust enrolment, both domestic and international, in order to rebalance the demographics of their local workforces.

Both Ottawa and Queen’s Park need to recognize, and reward, the unique role that colleges play as the backbone of our local and regional economies.

The provincial government can do that by reflecting it in the way international student spaces are distributed under the cap. The distribution of student visas must be driven by labour market needs, both provincially and regionally.

The federal government can do it through the extension of PGWP eligibility to all students in the specific college programs that meet our most pressing labour market needs.

There are other measures and amendments that would help ensure an appropriate balance in the application of new federal policies and the pursuit of the government’s goals. As it stands, the blunt instrument approach risks doing more harm than good.

Fleming Phoenix Student Athlete Receives Provincial Recognition

Peterborough, ON (February 14, 2024) - A member of the Fleming Phoenix men’s volleyball team has received provincial recognition for his athletic achievements this season.

Sam Deschenes was named as a member of the OCAA Men’s Volleyball East Division Second Team All-Stars by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). The announcement was made on February 14, 2024.

Deschenes, a second-year student in the Environmental Technician program at the Frost Campus, and a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was a Libero and Outside Hitter with the Phoenix men’s team.

During the team’s season, Deschenes garnered a high level of points and provincial rankings with his offensive play including:
• 11th in the province in kills with 175
• 10th in the province in kills per set with 2.87
• 14th in the province in service aces with 25
• 12th in the province in points per set with 3.4
• 20th in the province in hitting percentage with .268
• 18 kills and 20 points in the team’s final game against the first-place team in the west division

This is a well-deserved recognition for Deschenes who provided motivation, encouragement and leadership to his teammates on the court.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

Celebrate Fleming Night at the Petes - Feb. 15, 2024

Peterborough, ON – (February 14, 2024) – Join members of the Fleming community on Thursday, February 15, for Fleming Night at the Petes.

Students from Fleming’s Sutherland and Frost campuses will be bussed to the Memorial Centre to join Fleming alumni, staff and faculty for “Fleming Night at the Petes.”

The evening will be dedicated to Fleming students, staff, faculty and alumni. Members of the Fleming community will participate in a ceremonial puck drop and announcements recognizing Fleming College will play throughout the game.

Fleming staff and students can purchase tickets for $15 each through the Campus Store at either the Frost or Sutherland Campus.

The Petes are set to take on the Guelph Storm Thursday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. See you there.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

Fleming College Paramedics Take the Plunge

Peterborough, ON (January 26, 2024) - A group of Fleming College Paramedic students are taking an icy dip for a good cause.

The Medic Mavericks team consists of Fleming students Danielle Blavert, Theo Guenther, Keyanna O’rourke, Emily Escott, Maddie Mason-Gaynor, and Taiya Martin. The team hopes to raise $1,000 for the Campbellford Memorial Hospital’s campaign to buy a new CT scanner.

Dressed in their paramedic uniforms, these six students will brave the frigid temperatures of the Trent River on Saturday, January 27, jumping in from the shoreline at Lion’s Club Park in Campbellford.

The polar plunge begins at noon.

Visit here to donate to the Medic Maverick’s campaign.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

Statement from Fleming College President Maureen Adamson Regarding International Student Enrollment Caps

Peterborough, ON – (January 23, 2024) – The Canadian Federal government announcement regarding the imposition of international student enrollment caps has created a great deal of uncertainty for the Fleming community, students, staff, faculty, businesses and the broader community we serve.

I want to be very clear that the international students currently enrolled in Fleming at all our campuses including Fleming College Toronto are not affected by this announcement.

However, the new international students that have applied for spring and fall 2024 sessions may be impacted by this announcement.

This announcement has an immense adverse human and economic impact for our region.

It is important to recognize the relationship between international students and our local economies. The implementation of international student caps poses a threat not only to the educational experiences of all of our students but also to the vitality of our regional economy. The economic impact of a 50% reduction of international student enrollment will be a staggering loss to our communities: Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton.

The human impact is just as startling.

Fleming prepares people to work in a variety of services, however the impacts would be most pronounced for Early Childhood Education, Personal Support Workers, and Practical Nursing; people who look after our loved ones.

International students that come to Ontario are essential to bringing in top talent for key sectors of the workforce, here in our area and across the province. They usually come with a diploma or degree and are ready to move quickly into the labour market.

Our college graduates contribute to help close some of the largest labour market gaps in Ontario’s key sectors – health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, automotive, mining, trades and construction, advanced manufacturing and others.

We cannot adequately emphasize the gravity of this rash decision on the people; students, our college, community and local businesses and partnerships.

Maureen Adamson,
President, Fleming College

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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