Illegal private career colleges in Ontario remaining open, auditor finds

December 6, 2011

According to the 2011 annual report from the office of Ontario's auditor general, some unregistered privately owned career colleges that the provincial government had closed continued to operate illegally. The report notes that there are just 8 inspectors who are supposed to focus on admission requirements, advertising, instructor qualifications, insurance requirements, program compliancy, student contracts, and student complaints. The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities acknowledges that, in order for inspections to be effective, between 150 and 200 of them should be conducted annually. However, when the auditor asked for a list of inspections completed during the last 3 fiscal years, ending in 2010, the MTCU could not provide one. It is estimated that, during 2010, 30 campuses were inspected and there were 20 additional visits to address specific issues. Office of the Auditor General of Ontario News Release | Toronto Star | Read the report