A new program launched last year aims to give students with low incomes the chance to access high-quality education at a fraction of the cost.
The NutriGrain Education Program (NGEP), launched in April 2018, aims to provide nutrition- and health-related learning and learning experiences at no cost to the student.
The Nutri Grain Nutrients Program (NGN) is funded by the Ontario Government and was approved by the province in July 2018.
Its goal is to improve nutrition education and prepare students for jobs in the health sector.
The NGEP aims to develop an Ontario-wide network of high-performance learning environments that meet the needs of all students from low-income families.
The program is part of the Nutrient Strategy for Ontario, which aims to improve access to nutrition in Ontario.
The province also supports the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, which is the largest cancer-research organization in the world.
“The Ontario government is committed to helping students from all socioeconomic backgrounds achieve their educational and career goals through the Nutrition Program,” says NGEp Executive Director Dr. Lisa K. Macdonald.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue to provide quality and affordable nutrition education to our Ontario students, and will be working with the Ontario government to develop the best nutrition program for Ontario students,” she says.
The Ontario Government has committed $200 million over four years to the NGE and the province has allocated $150 million towards the program.
The NGE is currently under construction and the first cohort of learners will begin enrolling in September.
“This program is the perfect fit for our students, who need more than just basic nutrition education,” says Dr. K.
The pilot program is currently funded through the Ontario School Nutrition Program, which was launched in March 2018.
The program aims to reach low- to moderate-income students with a mix of nutrition, health and life skills training.
It is also a pilot for a new $250 million nutrition education program called NutritioHealth, which will provide high-performing learning environments and support for low- and moderate-wage earners.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the NgeP and support this important initiative,” says Anne Beaudoin, president and CEO of the Ontario Health Care Association.
“The health care community has been very supportive of the Nges initiatives, including the new $25,000 Ontario Health Plan contribution to the Nutrients program.”
The Nutrients Education Program is funded in part through the Provincial Fund for Ontario (PfO), which is administered by the Ministry of Education.
It supports more than 5,000 health professionals and educators, including teachers and nurses, to provide an Ontario curriculum that is aligned with Ontario’s public health and economic priorities.
The PfO is expected to run out of funding by 2021.