A Look at the Future
There is value, honour, and dignity in
all postsecondary destinations. Deciding whether to go to work, college
or university, or to apprentice, upon completion of secondary school is
no easy task. The number of careers from which to choose is endless.
However, one thing is certain – good decisions are based on good
The Ontario Universities’ Council
on Admission (OUCA) has developed guidelines based on the OSS program
and curriculum. Final decisions about future admission requirements will
be made at individual universities and they will issue further advice
- The completion of the OSS Diploma, or
equivalent, will be required for admission to an Ontario university.
This will include the satisfactory completion of the Literacy Test and
Community Involvement Hours.
- A minimum overall average of 60% in
six Grade 12U or M courses will be necessary for consideration for
admission to an Ontario university. Most universities and/or programs
will have higher admission averages.
- Where there are
prerequisite courses for admission to specific programs, it is probable
that such courses will be required at the ‘U’ level, where offered.
Consult individual university calendars.
- Universities may consider both Grade 11 and Grade 12 ‘U’ and ‘M’ courses for admission and/or prerequisite purposes.
- Some programs at some universities could require as many as 6 Grade 12 ‘U’ prerequisite courses for admission.
must ensure that they meet all the course requirements and diploma
requirements specified by the universities to which they have applied.
universities encourage students to maintain breadth in their secondary
school course choices, and to keep their options open.
have been significant changes to legislation about the mandate of our
Community Colleges. Some have now begun to offer Applied Degrees, some
offer joint programs with universities where diplomas and degrees are
granted. As a result, the admission requirements for some programs have
changed dramatically. In the past, colleges have required the OSSD for
admission. Students should consult calendars for specific admission
requirements, as some university courses are required for some programs.
The colleges do give consideration and sometimes considerable weight to
other factors, such as interviews, portfolios, standardized tests,
questionnaires and volunteer experience. Colleges vary in requirements
for specific programs and students are advised to consult with a
counsellor or college staff, and to check recent calendars. Good
standing in English is important for all college programs.
majority of trades now require Grade 12 for entry into an
apprenticeship. Some of the construction trades may have lower entry
requirements but students need to be aware that individual employers may
require a Grade 12 diploma as a condition of employment. Students
should also be aware that employers may require additional math or
technology courses beyond diploma requirements. Students can access
recommended “Apprenticeship Subject Pathways” at www.edu.gov.on.ca skill
site. Students can also access local trade information at the school’s
guidance and co-op offices. There is growing demand for trade
certifications. Reference “The Skilled Trades Handbook” published by the
East Central Ontario Training Board (ecotb).
PRIVATE SCHOOLS (referred to as CAREER COLLEGES)
These privately owned and operated schools offer training for a variety
of occupations from secretarial work to radio announcing. The levels of
education required to take these courses vary with the schools and the
particular course. In general, the candidate should have completed grade
12 and received an OSSD. These schools are very costly and should be
investigated prior to making any commitment. School counsellors will
gladly assist any student in this investigation. These programs usually
allow students to accelerate the training period.
Make sure your Private College Program is government approved.
Under the Private Career Colleges Act, Private career Colleges must be
registered and must have their programs approved by the Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities. For more information about Private
career Colleges in Ontario, visit Ontario.ca⁄pcc or call 1.866.410.PCCS
A candidate may enter the Canadian Armed Forces under one of three plans:
for military trades training requires Canadian citizenship, a minimum
of 17 years of age with at least grade 10 education (grade 12 is the
norm), good physical health and the ability to pass certain selection
- Entry to subsidized plans require acceptance by a Canadian university;
as an officer requires the candidate to already have a university
degree or college diploma. Entry into the regular officer-training
program at one of the military colleges (Royal Military College in
Kingston) requires university preparation courses.
you a parent looking for information and programs to help your child?
Are you a student looking for financial help with your apprenticeship?
Are you and employer who wants help with your apprenticeship training
costs? You can find all this and more at Ontario.ca or by calling 1-800-387-5656.
Contact your school principal or a member of your school’s Student Success Team.
For more information about what is happening in Ontario’s high schools, visit Ontario.ca
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College and University Visits
of the Ontario Colleges and Universities make arrangements to visit the
school in the fall to make presentations to the grade 12s. Please check the Guidance D2L page for dates.
Guidance/Student Services maintains a student website that is accessible via the students Virtual Commons. On this site, students will find all the most current information relating to:
- college/university visits
- course selections
- volunteer opportunities
- experiential learning
- summer employment
Students are encouraged to check the site often and to share this information with their parents/guardians.