A partnership involving the six northern Ontario colleges, including Canadore, is being heralded as a success.

The Study North initiative started in 2014 and is now it’s final year.

The goal was to engage southern Ontario students and inform them about the six northern colleges.

Officials say since 2014 the initiative has generated over 540 students from central and southern Ontario and generated between $17 million to $25 million for northern Ontario’s economy.

“These new students have had a significant economic impact on Northern Ontario communities”, said Shawn Chorney, Vice-President Enrolment Management, Indigenous & Student Services at Canadore College. “Based on these enrolments, the direct impact to the colleges and economic benefits across communities in Northern Ontario more than quadruples the project investments to date”.

With the project in its final year and proceeding at full speed to the finish line, the long term impact of the marketing efforts coupled with the excellent collaboration between the six Northern Ontario colleges will prove beneficial for years to come.

Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College, said, “The six SNI colleges have had, and continue to have, a significant economic impact on the communities in which they are located. Together they contribute approximately $1.6 billion to Northern Ontario’s economy through tuitions, housing and lifestyle spending”.

“When we began SNI a few short years ago, market research indicated students in the GTA were unable to identify any of the colleges in Northern Ontario. Thanks to the collaboration and successful efforts of NOHFC and our six Northern Ontario colleges this is no longer the case,” said Dr. Common.


File photo courtesy canadorecollege.ca

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