OCAD U budget information sessions

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:00am

As part of enhancing informed discussion of the financial update within our community, OCAD U administration is holding two information sessions.
The gatherings will be held in the community room in the newly-refurbished George Reid House. 

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10 to 11 a.m.
    100 McCaul St., Room MCA258 (George Reid House)
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 1 to 2 p.m.
    100 McCaul St, Room MCA258 (George Reid House)
Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room MCA 258 (George Reid House)

Statement from OCAD University on Canada's Budget 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:45pm

OCAD University welcomes the historic investments in science and research in yesterday’s federal budget. The government has recognized important investment needs outlined by Canada’s Fundamental Science Review to advance the production of public knowledge and research. Also commendable — and key to an inclusive and prosperous Canada — is the budget’s focus on gender equity, Indigenous investment and supports to culture.

That Budget 2018 has adopted a lens of diversity and equity will help to make the innovation it champions inclusive. The significance of this cannot be understated. The complex problems of the 21st century require intensive interdisciplinary approaches and human-centered knowledge.

OCAD University is a leader in decolonization, diversity and equity; the university’s Academic Plan has decolonization as core to academic mandate and mission. Our institution leads in defining research in art and design practice, scholarship, and teaching and learning, as reflected in the myriad disciplines that comprise our academic community. Over the past decade, we have built on the history of studio art and design to establish significant leadership in art and design related scholarship, as well as research-creation, as recognized sources of knowledge production. Our research activities demonstrate how inclusively designed research makes new knowledge accessible to diverse stakeholders and communities.

Budget 2018 supports interdisciplinary and international collaborative research as essential  — not only for uncovering new areas of knowledge, but also for realizing the value of ideas as they are translated into application, products, services and other innovation. This underscores the importance of design disciplines especially as crucial to Canada’s innovation-carrying capacity.

From Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President:

“Budget 2018’s focus on interdisciplinary discovery and partnerships is wonderful news for OCAD U, as it is for all science, research and innovation communities in Canada. Seeing women entrepreneurs and diversity factor across the research and entrepreneurship continuum will move us closer to the goal of full-spectrum innovation. Most importantly, this budget signals recognition by the Government of Canada that research, equity and Indigenous reconciliation are vital ingredients in our country’s long-term wealth and prosperity.”

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's university of the imagination. The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 


OCAD University Town Hall

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Please join Dr. Sara Diamond and members of the executive team for the fall Town Hall, and hear updates about campus projects and plans. 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St, Room 190, Auditorium

President Diamond's statement on Budget 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

OCAD University congratulates the federal government for its support of research, skills and innovation with a variety of measures that will ensure that the Canadian economy remains internationally competitive and that innovation is inclusive. 

 “OCAD U is pleased to see the budget recognize the strategic importance of design and creativity. Design is a source of economic value and social good, raising firms’ profitability and productivity while contributing to national economic competitiveness and performance,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “Design thinking and creative imagination are critical to experimentation and the development of new services, products and business methods. We will work with our partners in industries across Canada and with our university colleagues to ensure that design and design thinking can reinforce the success of all clusters through the Canadian Design Initiative.”

The focus on industry-driven partnership-focused superclusters, and investment in Mitacs internships will provide OCAD U students access to experiential learning in important sectors of the economy. This helps our students gain key innovation skills while applying knowledge learned in their programs, and ensures our graduates will be able to find meaningful employment. 

The focus on creativity as a driver for inclusive innovation will ensure that the social and economic development of Canada benefits from the diversity we are known for, while supporting varied approaches to emerging industries. OCAD U commends the budget's measures to address gender inequity in emerging technology sectors. 

Our faculty collaborate with many industry and community partners, and we welcome the further development of Canada 150 Research Chairs, funding for the National Research Council and the development of a national Artificial Intelligence Strategy. The budget provides funding support that will strengthen our leading research in digital technologies, big data visualization, Smart Cities planning through urban and cultural analytics, design for health and other design research.

OCAD U endorses the federal government's investment in Indigenous student access to post-secondary education and measures to strengthen the Canada Student Grants and Loans system. 

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s new investment of $300 million for Cultural Spaces Canada will be a tremendous boost to our emerging artists and innovators, allowing them new and improved space to connect, collaborate and engage with the public. 

OCAD U graduates work in every sector of the economy, providing much-needed creativity, technical skills and design thinking. As Ontario’s only and Canada’s largest and most comprehensive art, design and digital media university, OCAD University promotes art, design and media research as providing significant value to the provincial and national economy. 




Arts, culture and heritage contribute $47.8 billion to the Canadian economy

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am

Statistics Canada has released new data on the economic importance and activity of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada. Figures from the 2010 Culture Satellite Account (CSA) show arts, culture and heritage contribute $47.8 billion to the Canadian economy.  This represents 3.1% of Canada’s total GDP while contributing over 647,300 jobs across the country. Sport contributes close to $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy and approximately 93,500 jobs across the country.

The CSA is a new accounting framework that captures data detailing the economic importance of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada. It is the result of a partnership between Statistics Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, all of the provinces and territories, numerous municipalities and several non-governmental organizations including OCAD U.

OCAD U fuels the creative industries in Ontario, and these industries have grown by 40 per cent over the last decade, creating 80,000 new jobs. The arts, culture and heritage industry in Canada was larger than the accommodation and food services industry ($30.6 billion) and twice as big as the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry ($23.9 billion).

The CSA will provide new statistics every year on a range of culture indicators such as GDP, and jobs. The document can be downloaded from Statistics Canada.