ON looks to make college, university more affordable with free online textbooks

June 7, 2017

Ontario has announced that it will partner with eCampusOntario and invest $1M in the Ontario Open Textbooks Initiative to make PSE more accessible and affordable for the province’s students. The initiative will see the partners support the development and distribution of both free and low-cost digital textbooks to students. The Ontario Open Textbooks Initiative will focus on Ontario-specific content in areas where the most significant impact and cost savings for students can be realized, including high-enrolment first-year courses, French language content, content for Indigenous studies, trades and technical skills content, and content for new Canadians. “We are excited about Ontario’s investment in open textbook adoption, adaptation and creation,” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government. “This investment will directly address affordability issues for students in postsecondary education.” ON