Modernizing Private Career College Regulatory Requirements
415/06 — Section 12 (2) and Section 28
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
Summary of Proposal:
1. Distance education programs: In March of 2022, the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges issued a policy directive for training programs with online or hybrid delivery formats which rendered the category of "distance education" programs in the regulation obsolete.
Section 28 of Ontario Regulation 415/06 references the now outdated term "distance education" and prescribes a separate tuition refund process for that category of programs. Revoking the section would limit confusion for students and operators and simplify administration and enforcement of the refund process.
2. Renewals of program approval: Section 12 (2) of the regulation sets the term of a program approval at five years or less. To allow for development of suitable policy options, the ministry is proposing more flexible language in the approval timeframe. Operators who offer programs in highly regulated vocations or in vocations subject to clear industry standards could benefit from terms of approval longer than five years and fewer requests to renew program approval.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments would not impose costs on Ontario businesses. The changes would remove confusing and unnecessary provisions and reduce the frequency of administrative requirements.
The proposals would reduce burden for operators by allowing them to calculate refunds of tuition according to clear refund policies and by providing for longer terms of program approval where appropriate.
April 3, 2023
Comments Due Date:
May 18, 2023
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