Pending layoffs as Cambrian strives to balance books

April 13, 2011

Following the announcement of 17 pending faculty and support staff layoffs, Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard says it is proving difficult to balance the books. In December, the Ontario government announced an additional $1.8-million grant reduction for Cambrian, which Barnard says left everyone unprepared. Among the steps taken in light of the grant reduction is the changing of the delivery of business, English, and communications programs. The actual individuals who will be laid off have still not been determined. Cambrian has been working to convince the province to take a look at the college's funding allocation, which Barnard says "doesn't work." The college anticipates its proposed budget will be approved, after which it will look at the current funding model and plan out what is going to have to happen next. Sudbury Star