Minister's Binding Policy Directive

September 2019

This binding policy directive is effective for the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 fiscal years and is provided for archival and research purposes.

Overview

Each college is a non-share corporation and except as may be varied by regulation has incidental powers set out in the Corporations Act, including the power to establish fees.

The Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 authorizes the Minister of Colleges and Universities to issue policy directives that are binding on colleges in relation to how they carry out their objects or conduct their affairs.

This binding policy directive applies to all colleges of applied arts and technology. Except where noted otherwise, the directive sets out parameters for establishing tuition fees and related requirements for students and programs that are eligible for provincial government funding under the:

  • Core Operating Grant
  • Second Career program
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

As the principles of transparency and choice are important for all students, colleges are also asked to consider applying the policies to programs or student categories that are ineligible for funding under the Core Operating Grant (for example, international students) where feasible and appropriate.

The binding policy directive does not apply to Ministry of Colleges and Universities funded apprenticeship programs, except for the postsecondary component of co-op diploma apprenticeship programs. In addition, the binding policy directive addresses:

  • ancillary fees
  • tuition billing
  • tuition fee refunds
  • accountability and reporting requirements
  • allocation of revenue from tuition fees to student assistance

Non-compliance with this binding policy directive by a college, in addition to any other steps authorized in the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 and related regulations, could result in a deduction from a college's allocation under the Core Operating Grant.

Operating procedure

Overview

This operating procedure provides further details on establishing tuition and ancillary fees based on the Minister's Binding Policy Directive on Tuition and Ancillary Fees, which is issued pursuant to the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002.

This operating procedure, effective fall 2003, applies to all colleges of applied arts and technology and pertains to establishing tuition fees and related requirements for activity eligible and reported for provincial government funding under the Core Operating Grant, Second Career and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) except where noted.

The operating procedure does not apply to contract training or ministry funded apprenticeship training except for the co-op diploma apprenticeship programs. The requirements detailed in this operating procedure are to be applied to the co-op diploma apprenticeship program in the same manner as the related postsecondary diploma program.

Tuition fees for college staff, where negotiated through collective agreements, are also excluded. Included in this operating procedure are details for implementing policy regarding tuition, ancillary fees, tuition fee refunds, accountability and reporting requirements.