Private Career College Regulatory Modernization
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
Summary of Decision:
June 13, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 414/06 (Training Completion Assurance Fund and Other Financial Matters):
1. All PCCs would be required to contribute to TCAF. This means that all PCCs would be required to pay premiums and, if required, levies. It also means that there would be no cap on the amount of financial security a particular PCC would be required to post.
2. The $3 million cap on financial assistance which can be provided to students affected by a single PCC closure would be eliminated.
3. The Superintendent of Private Career Colleges would have discretion to issue rebates to PCCs when TCAF has exceeded its target balance by at least 10%. These rebates would be divided among PCCs that are registered at the time of the rebate, proportionate to the share of premiums and levies paid by that PCC over the prior 10 years.
4. The target balance of TCAF would be amended to be 17.5% of the Maximum Prepaid Unearned revenue for all participating PCCs. The current minimum balance for TCAF is 3% of the Gross Vocational Revenue for all participating PCCs. This amendment would not result in a significant change to the target balance of TCAF in 2016.
Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06 (General Regulation):
1. Student contracts would be required to include greater details regarding fees (i.e., mode of instruction, books, equipment costs), and a list of all physical locations of training.
2. Contracts would also be required to state that students must be provided with a copy of the contract immediately after signing it.
3. Contracts for non-vocational programs would be required to state that the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 does not apply to the program.
4. The regulation would be amended to specify that instructors must have recent work experience to teach in a vocation, and to recognize experience as an instructor at another postsecondary institution as valid, qualifying experience. Recent work experience would have had to be completed in the last ten years.
5. Advertising requirements would be clarified to include the requirement that video, pictures or images used in a PCC's advertising must not be misleading.
6. The definition of a "vocational program" would be updated to reference the most recent version of the National Occupational Classification Code published by the Government of Canada.
7. Obsolete and transitional language would be removed from the regulations. For example, removal of the requirement in section 5(4) that a registered private career college under the previous Private Career Colleges Act is not required to comply with conditions of registration until 60 days after this section comes into force.
Private Career Colleges Branch
Postsecondary Education Division
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
77 Wellesley Street,
P.O. Box 977
January 1, 2017