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  • June 20, 2012

Preparing More Oak Ridges - Markham Area Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

McGuinty Government Expands Specialist High Skills Majors Program

Ontario is helping more Oak Ridges –Markham area high school students find their career passion and prepare for future jobs by expanding its Specialist High Skills Majors program.

This September, 5 Oak Ridges - Markham area high schools and 4 Newmarket – Aurora area high schools will offer 3 additional Specialist High Skills Majors, including:

  • Bur Oak Secondary School - Business
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School – Business
  • Richmond Green Secondary School – Business
  • Markham District High School – Construction
  • Stouffville District Secondary School – Transportation
  • Newmarket High School – Business
  • Aurora High School – Construction
  • Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School – Construction
  • Huron Heights Secondary School – Construction

With these additions, there will be three Specialist High Skills Majors offered in Oak Ridges – Markham high schools next school year in sectors such as business, construction, and transportation. 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.



“Providing our students with more opportunities to focus their interests and enhance their education and development will help students graduate with a stronger foundation and the skills they need for success in their lives.” - Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges – Markham

“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 rate increase to 82 per cent, from 68 per cent in 2003–04.
  • In 2012-13, there will be over 1,500 Specialist High Skills Major programs in over 670 high schools across Ontario – an increase from 1,300 programs this year. This is the sixth year in a row Ontario is expanding the number of Specialist High Skills Majors to meet growing demand.
  • More than 38,000 students will be enrolled in Specialist High Skills Majors across Ontario in 2012-13 – an increase of 4,000 students over this school year.
  • 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.


  • Read about our Student Success program.
  • Find out what Specialist High Skills Majors are currently available at your school.
  • Across Ontario, there are Specialist High Skills Majors offered in 19 different sectors including a new food processing major in the fall.




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