Consultation related to the proposed Université de Hearst Act, 2021

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Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Université de Hearst Act, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
Hearst was founded in 1953 as Séminaire de Hearst, funded by the Diocese of Hearst. In 1971, it became a secular institution and was renamed Collège de Hearst. Hearst has been a Laurentian University affiliate since 1963.

In 2014, Hearst received ministerial consent under the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000 to use the term university.

Hearst has three campuses located in Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins, all with full-time and part-time programs.

Establishing Hearst as an independent, degree-granting institution will allow it to more effectively support the students and communities it serves.

As part of the Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act (Act)the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has proposed an Act, that if passed, would continue the Collège de Hearst as the Université de Hearst (Hearst).

The Act provides that the University may grant the degrees prescribed by regulation and other degrees that it may be authorized to grant under the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. The proposed Act provides the Lieutenant Governor in Council with authority to make various regulations, including:

- Prescribing the objects and special missions of the university;
- Prescribing the degrees the university may grant;
- Governing the board of governors and senate;
- Governing the appointment of a chancellor;
- Governing contracts described in section 14; and
- Prescribing any transitional matters, including matters relating to the first board and senate
of the university and the recognition of credits.

Various other provisions and regulation-making powers would also be eventually enacted regarding the administration of the University.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed Act reflects in many respects the subject matters addressed in statutes for publicly-assisted Ontario universities and is informed by recent experiences establishing Algoma University in 2008 and Université de l'Ontario français in 2017.

The institution will be given its objects and special missions through regulation and is accorded the autonomy to determine how those objects and missions are carried out.

This proposal is not expected to introduce any regulatory burden or costs for businesses.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 15, 2021
Comments Due Date:
May 31, 2021
Contact Address:
Ministry of Colleges and Universities
Postsecondary Accountability Branch
315 Front Street West, 16th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 0B8