Preparing More High School Students For Tomorrow’s Jobs

McGuinty Government Expands Specialist High Skills Major Program

June 11, 2012 – Ontario is helping more high school students find their career passion and prepare for future jobs by expanding its Specialist High Skills Major program. 

The Premier was at Weston Collegiate Institute today, where he announced the expansion of the program to 4,000 more students at 670 high schools across the province.

Next year, 38,000 students will be able to participate in the program, which tailors their high school diploma to their interests.

Programs like the Specialist High Skills Major are part of the McGuinty government’s plan to help more students graduate, get a job, start an apprenticeship or move on to higher education. Building the best-educated workforce in the world helps attract the investments that create jobs and strengthen our economy.


“Well-educated young people make for a strong economy. That’s why we’re expanding the Specialist High Skills Major, so Ontario students can find what they love to do early and get working on landing the jobs of the future. It’s one more way we’re building the best workforce in the world.”

 – Premier Dalton McGuinty

“Programs like this are preparing our students to get jobs in fulfilling and exciting industries. Expanding these programs will give even more students the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.”

 – Laurel Broten
Minister of Education


  • Programs like the Specialist High Skills Major have helped the graduation rateincrease to 82 per cent, from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
  • Since the January launch of the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant, 200,000 postsecondary students have received money back to help offset their tuition costs.

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