Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Christie Digital in Kitchener-Waterloo today to highlight how the Liberal government’s investments in higher education are attracting new, high tech businesses to Ontario and creating high-skill, high-paying jobs.
Christie Digital is a global company based in Kitchener-Waterloo that manufactures digital projection technology, including projectors used in theatres around the world. The company now employs half of its global workforce – 750 people – in Ontario, and cites the province’s innovative students as a key reason they continue to expand in Waterloo Region.
Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have increased funding to postsecondary institutions by 80 percent over the past ten years and continue to support campus incubators like the University of Waterloo’s VeloCity, which has attracted more than 1,000 participants and 40 companies since it launched five years ago.
Ontario Liberals have made room for an additional 161,000 new students to attend post-secondary education, an expansion even larger than Premier Bill Davis’ creation of the college system in the 1970s.
Without Ontario’s skilled workforce we would not have had a chance to compete for the jobs of companies like Christie Digital, Cisco or OpenText.
The investments made by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are in stark contrast to the cuts that were made under the NDP government and that are being promised by the Hudak PCs. The Hudak PCs’ regressive, ideological opposition to a strong public postsecondary education sector would take Ontario down a path toward a low-wage, low-growth economy. Both Tim Hudak and NDP will put our success at risk.
“We know that the quality of Ontario’s workforce has been, and must continue to be our single greatest competitive advantage. Our record investments in post-secondary education are paying off with cutting-edge companies like Christie Digital, Cisco and OpenText not only coming here, but growing here. While Tim Hudak thinks small, we know Ontario’s economic future is inextricably linked to our ability to be a global leader in postsecondary education, training, and building a culture of innovation in Ontario.”
— Premier Kathleen Wynne