The Ontario Government is investing $2.9 million to develop, implement and deliver the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) AdvancingEducation program to support education technology innovation, announced David Orazietti, MPP and Minister of Government and Consumer Services, at the Design Exchange today.
“The AdvancingEducation program will help bring new, innovative ways to create better methods and tools for public education in this province,” said Orazietti. “Developing innovative solutions to create lasting change can be seen in few places more clearly than in education. Real improvements that help students reach their potential will last for generations and extend across the entire province.”
The program will support up to 10 projects connecting Ontario’s English and French public elementary and high schools, and post-secondary institutions with Ontario companies to test early market engagement models and demonstrate innovative products and technologies in an education setting.
This investment is designed to help identify and remove barriers to innovation adoption, build capacity in the education sector to identify needs, and provide a scalable model for innovation.
The program is a partnership between OCE and Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) and is modelled on the successful AdvancingHealth program which supported 10 projects driving innovation in public healthcare.
“Our government is committed to further developing our collaboration with OCE by bringing together public and private sector partners to demonstrate groundbreaking products and services. This program will help build innovative solutions to the public education sector while also supporting Ontario’s economy,” said Orazietti.
Investing in education is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.