Ontario Online Institute still far from opening

January 30, 2012

First announced in the Ontario government's 2010 throne speech and touted on a government website last May as coming "in late summer 2011," the Ontario Online Institute still has not materialized, despite a feasibility report delivered to the province last spring. A government spokesperson says the institute has been neither shelved nor given the go-ahead. While there has been no announcement about why the institute did not launch last summer, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray has mused publicly that one of the government's proposed 3 new campuses might be "online." Surprised and disappointed by the lack of progress on this project, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance do not want the province to create an actual online university, preferring instead a "portal" to serve as a clearinghouse for the online courses now offered by PSE institutions -- a place where students could do one-stop shopping to find the course they need. Toronto Star