A recent Conference Board of Canada report noted that education is the most powerful route to improving private and public prosperity and well-being: "Strong education systems not only lead people to higher incomes…and to contribute disproportionately to business innovation, productivity and national economic performance, but to have higher rates of civic engagement, life satisfaction [and a] tendency to make decisions that lead to healthier, longer lives.”
That’s why the recently announced cuts to public education funding in Ontario are so puzzling.
The Ford Government has said its number one priority is getting Ontario’s economy back on track. But slashing the programs and resources available to our students undermines that objective. What good are short-term cost savings if it means the next generation of Ontarians won’t have the knowledge and skills to keep our economy growing? How can our province remain competitive if our students are under-skilled and under-prepared?
If you think the jobs that will bring the next wave of prosperity to our province will require our students to have a top-flight education, send a letter to your MPP today! Let them know that we need to invest in our students' education.