FAQ

Transformation & Restructuring

Last update: March 25, 2022

What is happening at Laurentian?

Nearly 8,000 students are currently enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester in 106 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

After becoming financially insolvent a year ago, the University has been on a difficult and necessary journey of transformative change. Laurentian University is committed to taking every necessary step to be fully restructured and be a financially viable institution for the long-term.

While there is still much work to be done, Laurentian remains steadfastly committed to emerging stronger from the CCAA process so that it continues to be a university of choice for students in the North. We will work diligently to rebuild trust with our communities, because nothing matters more than our students’ success.

What is the CCAA process?

The Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) is a federal statute that was specifically designed to allow organizations with severe financial challenges to restructure their operations and emerge as a more financially viable organization. The CCAA process is the best pathway toward a better, sustainable future for Laurentian.

This process is under the supervision of a Judge of a highly specialized Court (the “Commercial Court”) and with the assistance of a Court-appointed Monitor (Ernst & Young Inc.) To provide stability to restructure, the Court grants a “stay of proceedings” which prevents creditors, such as lenders and suppliers, from taking any action that might disrupt the university’s ability to negotiate and implement its restructuring.

While this is a difficult journey, we are confident we will emerge from CCAA to carry on Laurentian’s mission of providing quality postsecondary education accessible to all – in a vibrant, bilingual and tricultural environment.

What is insolvency? Does this mean Laurentian University is bankrupt?

Laurentian University became financially insolvent last year, which means its obligations to its creditors exceeded its ability to pay those creditors in the ordinary course. This is not bankruptcy, which would mean that all assets would be liquidated and distributed to creditors. The CCAA process allows Laurentian the opportunity to restructure its finances and operations. and in control of the University.

What happens in a CCAA filing?

The CCAA process provides Laurentian with the opportunity to emerge as a fully restructured and financially viable institution. It focuses on negotiations with various stakeholders, such as creditors, that occur within a particular Court-supervised framework over a compressed period.

A court-appointed Monitor assists the University with its restructuring efforts during the CCAA process and acts as an impartial party to provide information to all stakeholders and the Court.
The University is committed to taking every necessary step as part of that process. The Laurentian community deserves a renewed Laurentian that ensures current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality, bilingual post-secondary education at the University for years to come.

Will the CCAA process help prevent, identify, and address mismanagement for the future?

An important part of the CCAA process is the participation of an independent, third-party advisor. One of the advisor’s roles was to undertake a comprehensive governance and operational review of the University. The Operational and Governance reviews help to ensure we have the technologies, processes, and people to do our jobs in the best way possible.

This and other CCAA reviews will strengthen the University’s governance and operational process, addressing previous missteps and leveraging lessons learned. A renewed, restructured, and financially viable Laurentian includes identifying and taking the necessary actions to help prevent the university from facing similar challenges in the future.

What is the status of the CCAA process?

Laurentian University is making the necessary, intended progress to formally restructure through the CCAA process. The goal of the restructuring is to ensure that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at Laurentian for years to come. The process is not only about cost-cutting measures, but also making smart investments to make our university strong and sustainable for current and future students.

There are many moving parts, and we are working to complete it as fast as we possibly can, so we emerge with a strong and sustainable university that our students want and deserve.

    Why should University stakeholders trust the CCAA process?

    Our decisions as part of the CCAA process are made in careful consideration of the best interests of our students and all those impacted. We’ll always be guided by the needs of our students and our community. This means being accessible and transparent to our communities, including sharing information and materials in accordance with the CCAA process. We will continue to press forward toward a renewed Laurentian University – one where the identity and values that have shaped our successful institution are reinforced and celebrated. As we continue the hard work of restructuring, we’re committed to rebuilding engagement and trust with our communities, and defining our vision collegially.​

    How much money does the University owe and to whom?

    Laurentian has significant liabilities including its long-term debt, accounts payable and related liabilities, certain future employee benefit and pension liabilities and obligations pursuant to deferred contributions. The CCAA process provides an opportunity for Laurentian to have a comprehensive restructuring of these debts.

    How is the CCAA process funded?

    The CCAA process is the best, most financially efficient path forward, and is necessary for Laurentian to emerge as a restructured, financially viable institution. The process is comprehensive and a significant undertaking. While it does incur various costs, it has assisted Laurentian to identify critical cost-cutting measures. CCAA allows Laurentian to obtain new secured interim financing from a third-party lender, referred to as the debtor-in-possession lender (or DIP Lender). The DIP Lender provided funding so that Laurentian has the time necessary to negotiate and give effect to its restructuring. This funding allows for Laurentian to continue operating during the process, meet its payment obligations, and minimize any disruption to students. These are costs needed to navigate through this transformation process.

    The Province has since refinanced the DIP loan. The Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) also provided a contribution that will provide the University with the added stability to complete our restructuring and successfully emerge from the CCAA process. In the long term, it will help make us stronger, financially viable and a more vibrant institution serving students, employers and communities in Northern Ontario.

    The financial terms of the support include:

    • Up to $35M to refinance the existing DIP (debtor-in-possession) financing made available within the CCAA proceeding.
    • Up to $6M in COVID funding, along with enrolment support of up to a combined amount of $22 million over a period of 5 years.

    Our goal is to ensure Laurentian continues to be a university of choice for students in the North. With this announcement, new applicants who may be considering Laurentian can feel even more confident in their choice.

    We’re confident the Province’s package of support will contribute significantly to the university’s emergence in 2022 as a fully restructured and financially sustainable university.

    What will happen if the restructuring is not successful?

    While there is still much work to be done, Laurentian remains steadfastly committed to emerging stronger from the CCAA process so that it continues to be a university of choice for students in the North. We will work diligently to rebuild trust with our communities, because nothing matters more than our students’ success. Laurentian is focusing all its efforts on doing whatever is required to successfully emerge from the CCAA proceeding with a restructured financial, operational and academic footprint and a refreshed ability to serve students for years to come.

    Laurentian must be a contributor to the community and to the brain gain for the North. It’s essential that we provide compelling opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the marketplace. The requirements of the CCAA process are not only about cost-cutting measures, but also making smart investments to make our university strong and sustainable for the future. We know that our community’s desire to get this rebuild right will lead to a stronger, more resilient and financially sustainable Laurentian.

    What is the status of the Laurentian Board of Governors?

    As part of the new package of support from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), Laurentian has committed to an accelerated process of board renewal. In December 2021, eleven members of the Board resigned. This decision was made by the Province as part of a new package of support for the University. We thank the outgoing members for their commitment to Laurentian and welcome the five new Board members. We appreciate their leadership and collaboration as we advance the restructuring and focus on emergence from CCAA. These board members are Lieutenant Governor in Council (LGIC) appointees and will hold office for a one-year term.

      University Programming

      Last update: March 25, 2022

      How many programs were closed and how many remain active?

      The academic restructuring included the following:

      • 58 undergraduate programs were closed; 106 remain active
      • 34 English-language programs were closed; 73 remain active
      • 24 French-language programs were closed; 33 remain active
      • 11 graduate programs were closed; 33 remain active

      The reality is that many programs had very low or no enrolment for several years, suggesting we were offering programs that did not align with what most Laurentian students wanted. And while the number of undergraduate programs that were closed is significant, the number of Laurentian students directly affected by these program closures is less than 10%. Re-allocation of our financial resources means we can provide programs and courses that better align with what our students want to study.

      A full list is available here.

      How has this financial situation impacted academic course offerings?

      Across all universities, undergraduate course offerings vary from year to year, sometimes because faculty members are on sabbaticals, sometimes because courses are being cycled (i.e. only taught once every two years, rather than every year).

      Laurentian previously made certain program closures, which means a degree with a major in that program will no longer be offered. Some courses in that subject area may still be available to take as electives, or potentially even as a minor. Courses that are mandatory only for a canceled undergraduate program are no longer offered. Courses that were part of a program that has been canceled, but that are also required for a continuing program, will continue to be offered. As an example, engineering students can still take the math and physics courses that are required for their programs, even though the Physics and Mathematics programs may have been canceled. Many introductory courses in canceled programs will continue to be offered to provide students with a breadth of course selections.

      We have been completely guided by the interests of students. Student needs have shaped the remodeling of the programs and students are the reason for this entire process.

      Will the undergraduate program closures mean it will take longer for students in continuing programs to complete their degrees?

      Students who are enrolled in continuing undergraduate programs will be able to graduate within the normal time requirements.

      What criteria was used to determine low enrolment for the undergraduate programs that were canceled?

      We have been completely guided by the interests of our students. Enrolment in the program was a key consideration for this difficult, yet necessary decision. For instance, if only two students were enrolled in a program (i.e. leading to a degree in that specific subject), then that program was not sustainable and the major is no longer being offered. Other criteria included the number of distinct credits required to fulfill the program requirements, and the requirement that Laurentian comply with the French Language Services Act. Another factor that went into the analysis was whether additional program funding came from a source in addition to the usual stable funding provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

        Is the CCAA process impacting any community partnerships?

        Laurentian is very proud of its contributions to the Greater Sudbury community and the Northern Ontario community at large as well as the partnerships it has fostered. These CCAA proceedings will allow a restructured Laurentian the opportunity to continue these contributions in the future.

        To say that it has been a year like no other is an understatement. We are grateful for the patience of our community partners and encouraged by the continued demand for a Laurentian education – especially during the University’s current transformation process.

        Current Students

        Last update: March 25, 2022

        Will Laurentian’s financial situation lead to an increase in tuition rates?

        No. There have not been tuition increases. Laurentian’s tuition and student fees are one of the lowest in the Province, and the Province-wide tuition freeze in place continues for 2021-22.

        What will happen to student enrolment?

        We will do everything possible to ensure student enrolment is robust, both in terms of returning students and new first year students. The Fall 2021 semester saw student enrolment exceed planning forecasts. Notably, enrolment numbers showed a positive trend for French-language programs year-over-year. We are confident in our efforts to create a restructured Laurentian that existing and future students will be proud to be a part of.

        What role do students have during this situation? What can students do to help?

        Laurentian intends to conduct the CCAA proceedings as quickly and openly as possible. The entire purpose of taking this step is so that Laurentian can continue to provide the best experience possible to our students. To accomplish this goal, students are encouraged to relay their suggestions and concerns through your elected student leadership team, so that Laurentian can consider these as part of our restructuring plan. The best thing that students can do is to stay focused on their studies and not be distracted by the financial restructuring that is taking place.

        We have taken the time to meet with our student leaders, to listen to students. We have taken much guidance from what we’ve learned from them. This is a difficult journey, and we are confident we will emerge from CCAA to carry on Laurentian’s mission of providing quality postsecondary education accessible to all – in a vibrant, bilingual and tricultural environment.

        What will happen to the discounted rates I receive as a Laurentian student for my home and auto, as well as life and health insurance policies?

        Savings to students are expected to continue. Should there be any changes, communications will be sent directly to you by the insurance provider. Please click here for more information on the programs.

        What is Laurentian doing to support students during this transformation?

        Students have always been our first priority. We understand that this process has been difficult. Laurentian has put in place additional support for all Laurentian students, ensuring that their best interests and their well-being are prioritized as we move forward. Student needs have shaped the remodeling of the programs and students are the reason for this entire process.

        Laurentian has done everything possible to help students find alternate programs and courses of study. Students in programs that were impacted by these changes were given detailed plans to provide a pathway to degree completion. Credits previously earned at the federated universities will count towards a Laurentian degree.

        Graduate Students

        Does a graduate program closure mean that the courses offered as part of that program are also canceled?

        We have been completely guided by the interests of students. Student needs have shaped the remodeling of the programs and students are the reason for this entire process. Laurentian has made certain program closures, which means a degree with a major in that program will no longer be offered. Some courses in that subject area may still be available to take as electives, or potentially even as a minor. Courses that are mandatory only for a canceled undergraduate program are no longer offered. Courses that were part of a program that has been canceled, but that are also required for a continuing program, will continue to be offered. As an example, engineering students can still take the math and physics courses that are required for their programs, even though the Physics and Mathematics programs may have been canceled. Many introductory courses in canceled programs will continue to be offered to provide students with a breadth of course selections.

        If the graduate course is only associated with the graduate program that is closing, then it will not be offered in future. However, if a graduate course is required for students to complete the degree in that subject, it may still be offered to enable existing students in the closed program to graduate. If this is not possible, which we expect will only affect a very small number of students, then a letter of permission would be provided to allow the student to take the required course from another institution.

        Will graduate program closures decrease the number of electives available to students in continuing graduate programs?

        The University is committed to providing graduate courses for each of the programs that remain open. The Deans will also continue to collaborate to look for opportunities to cross-list graduate courses so that a required course in one graduate program could be available as an elective for a student in another graduate program.

        I am an international student looking to begin a graduate program at Laurentian. Who can I talk with to find out what my options are and answer my questions about coming to Sudbury?

        Support for international students in the processing of immigration documents and applications for student permits continues. Should assistance be required, please contact: infointernational@laurentian.ca

        General questions can be directed to Liaison Services directly: info@laurentian.ca / 1(800) 263-4188

        Staff & Faculty

        Last update: March 25, 2022

        What effect will the CCAA process have on collective bargaining?

        As part of the CCAA restructuring, a Mediator was appointed by the Court as a neutral, independent party to assist Laurentian and its faculty association (LUFA) achieve a mutually acceptable outcome.

        How does the CCAA process impact faculty and staff?

        While the restructuring will ensure Laurentian’s future operations, there have been reductions to faculty and staff. Our faculty and staff are part of the fabric of Laurentian, and there has been a period of profound adjustment for us and for all affected faculty and staff, as well as students.

        We have committed to doing everything we can to make that transition as respectful as possible, and provide support to all affected, including through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and career transition support.

        Our vision is of a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

        Alumni

        Last update: March 25, 2022

        Is the value of my Laurentian degree impacted by this financial situation?

        For more than 60 years, Laurentian has been at the crossroads of culture, industry, art, science, and politics, growing from a humble and small institution to become Northern Ontario’s foremost university. Laurentian graduates like you are from a proud tradition of learners and the quality of your education and value of your degree remain the same as prior to filing for CCAA protection.

        As a graduate, what can I do to help Laurentian University?

        Please know that we are fully committed to completing the restructuring and emerging as a more financially sustainable university. As a graduate, it is important to talk about the desire for a strong future for Laurentian University, by speaking to your experience as a student and the impact your education has had on your life and your career. We want the same for current and future students and welcome your support for our community as we go forward. We believe we’ll get through this even stronger, thanks to the quality and dedication of the people of the Laurentian community, like you.

        Donors and Friends

        Last update: April 7, 2022

        Why should I donate to Laurentian during this period of uncertainty about its future?

        We are blessed to be part of a strong and resilient community that believes the actions we’re taking today will ensure the long-term sustainability of the university. Our donors are an integral component of our students’ future success. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have about what your potential gift will mean to them.

        What would happen to my funds if I were to donate today?

        Donations will be processed by the Advancement Office and placed in a separate, segregated bank account and used for that purpose. These arrangements were confirmed and approved by Court Order.

        How can I confirm that my donation is being used for its designated purpose?

        Information with regards to the CCAA proceedings and both historical and new cash management practices are available on the Monitor’s website at www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info. 

        I created an endowed award. Are those funds protected, or have they been used for other purposes?

        Information with regards to the CCAA proceedings and cash management practices, including endowments is available on the Monitor’s website at  www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info. 

        Suppliers

        How does the CCAA proceedings affect suppliers?

        As part of the proceedings, to provide stability to restructure, the Court grants a “stay of proceedings”, as at February 1, 2021 (the “CCAA Filing Date”), which prevents creditors, such as lenders and suppliers, from taking any action that might disrupt the university’s ability to restructure. That is done to provide the University a chance to do what needs to be done in its restructuring. It does not impact the ability of Laurentian to operate, contract for the supply of goods and services and pay for those goods and services that it obtains after February 1, 2021.

        What is the effect of the stay of proceedings on suppliers?

        In accordance with paragraph 11 of the Initial Order, goods and services received prior to the CCAA Filing Date (February 1, 2021) will be stayed and Laurentian is not permitted to make payment. Going forward, Laurentian continues to operate on a business-as-usual basis. That means Laurentian will continue to pay for goods and services received on and after the CCAA Filing Date (February 1, 2021). For further clarity, if a purchase order was issued prior to the CCAA filing date, suppliers will be paid for goods and/or services delivered and received after the CCAA filing date provided that Laurentian confirms that the goods and services are still required.

        Can I terminate my existing supply agreement with Laurentian?

        In accordance with paragraph 17 of the Initial Order of the Court, suppliers with existing agreements with Laurentian are required to continue to provide the goods and services it needs to operate and suppliers will be paid for goods and services provided after February 1, unless Laurentian advises the supplier that it no longer needs those goods or services. For those suppliers without agreements, Laurentian will negotiate the supply of goods and services in the normal course, and will pay for those received after February 1. 2021.

        How will goods and services provided after the CCAA Filing Date be paid?

        Laurentian has obtained new secured interim financing during the CCAA proceeding from a third-party lender (now the Provincial Government) in the amount of $35 million, referred to as the debtor-in-possession lender (or DIP Lender). The DIP Lender has agreed to provide funding to the University so that it has the time necessary to negotiate the most critical aspects of its restructuring. This funding will allow Laurentian to continue operating during the process, meet its payment obligations and minimize any disruption to students.

        Where can I get more information and updates?

        Materials with respect to the CCAA proceedings can be found on the Monitor’s website: www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian.

        Laurentian will also keep stakeholders informed of any significant developments via Laurentian’s website at https://Laurentianu.info (English website) or https://Ulaurentienne.info (French website), where Laurentian will post updates.

        Academic Research

        Can my research group have access to our lab, library, other Laurentian research spaces, external research sites, and other locations on and off campus to conduct research during the CCAA process?

        Pursuant to the Initial Order, Laurentian is permitted to continue its business in the ordinary course, which includes research activities. Faculty, students and the highly qualified persons that support research activities are able to continue to perform their scholarly work, subject to the new approval processes set out in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo recently issued.

        Procedures established during the COVID-19 pandemic to support return to research activities are still in effect and can be found here: https://laurentian.ca/covid-19/research#recovery

        Procedures to obtain ethics and other certifications also remain in effect:

        Will the Office of Research Services still be available to assist me with my research?

        We’re available to respond to your inquiries and assist you. The mandate of the Office of Research Services is to support researchers with all aspects of their research activities. This mandate encompasses a broad suite of services which includes assisting researchers in every step of the pre and post research grant funding process, grant funding administration, knowledge mobilization, human participants research ethics, animal use protocols, and intellectual property management and technology transfer.

        You can reach the Office of Research Services by emailing: (research-recherche@laurentian.ca)

        Does the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo apply to all research budgets including externally funded research grants from tri-agency partners, Laurentian University Faculty Research grant, and research funded from other community and industry funded granting agencies?

        Yes. In accordance with the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo, Budget Holders shall cease all non-critical expenses during the CCAA proceedings. The purchase of goods, services or reimbursements and the hiring of new researchers or renewal of research contracts must be demonstrated by the Budget Holder as critical to the delivery of Laurentian’s operations, such as current student services, recruitment, research, or health and safety matters. For more information, research Budget Holders are asked to refer to the memo. Questions can also be directed to VPresearch@laurentian.ca

        Can I recruit new graduate students to begin studies with my research program in 2022?

        Yes. We are actively continuing our efforts for student recruitment. We are confident in our efforts to create a restructured Laurentian that existing and future students will be proud to be part of.

        Can I continue to submit new research grants?

        Pursuant to the Initial Order, Laurentian is permitted to continue its business in the ordinary course, which includes research activities. However, Laurentian is currently insolvent. Granting agencies will be informed that Laurentian has filed for CCAA protection when the Office of Research Services submits grant application. Further, Laurentian is advising granting agencies that it has established a separate bank account in which all new restricted grant and award funds will be directed to.

        Where can I get more information and updates on CCAA and Laurentian University?

        Materials with respect to the CCAA proceedings can be found on the Monitor’s website: www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian.

        Laurentian will also keep stakeholders informed of any significant developments via Laurentian’s website at https://Laurentianu.info (English website) or https://Ulaurentienne.info (French website), where Laurentian will post updates.

        Tricultural Mandate

        Last update: March 25, 2022

        Will Laurentian’s tricultural mandate be maintained following the restructuring?

        Laurentian University is Canada’s only university with a tricultural mandate, offering a post-secondary education to a diverse student body championing a brain gain for the North, for Ontario, and beyond. Being a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something we cherish – and will fight to preserve. Laurentian’s tricultural mandate will continue to be an integral part of who we are following the CCAA restructuring.

        What is Laurentian’s vision for Francophone education?

        Laurentian’s commitment to Ontario’s Francophone community is a leading part of the University’s culture and mission. Laurentian emphasizes and values Francophone programming, learning, and teaching – principles that are part of the fabric of who we are as an academic community. Laurentian is committed to ensuring the programs it continues to offer represent what Francophone leaders of tomorrow are seeking.

        We believe Laurentian’s value proposition as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something to be cherished – and worth preserving. We believe that our Francophone students and the Francophone community are critical to the success of a renewed Laurentian University – one where the identity and values that have shaped our institution are reinforced and celebrated.

        What is Laurentian doing to support French-language education at Laurentian?

        Laurentian was recognized first among bilingual universities in Ontario under the French Language Services Act, and we intend to continue to fulfill that commitment. The provisions of the French Language Services Act were considered when the Senate Mediation Subcommittee undertook its analysis, recommendation and Report as to all programs and courses. We felt it was important to mandate a permanent committee to provide guidance on francophone matters and offer recommendations on the implementation of strategies to ensure the successful delivery of French-language services. Laurentian will further continue to honour our history and service to the community. We are proud that our students, staff and faculty have earned the right to learn, work, and contribute to Ontarian communities in French through their studies at Laurentian.

          How is the University specifically supporting Francophone students and the Francophone community?

          This is a difficult journey, and we will prevail if we work together to emerge from CCAA to carry on Laurentian’s mission of providing quality postsecondary education accessible to all – in a vibrant, bilingual and tricultural environment. Laurentian needed to make painful decisions that, while necessary to ensure the sustainability of the institution, have impacted a lot of people, including many in the Francophone community. The overriding goal of our academic restructuring – which led to the closure of 28 French language programs – is to better meet the needs of students, employers, and community going forward.

          It is important to note that of the 28 French language programs closed, 10 of these programs had no students enrolled during the past four years. The remaining 18 programs supported 160 students, which means that the cuts impacted roughly 8% of the total student population.

          During the University’s restructuring, our commitment to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education, is unwavering. Being a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something we cherish – and will fight to preserve. Our vision is of a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

            What is the role of the Francophone Advisory Committee?

            The Francophone Advisory Committee is a permanent committee to provide guidance on francophone matters and offer recommendations on the implementation of strategies to ensure the successful delivery of French-language services.

            The nomination of Roch Gallien to the Office of Francophone Affairs, and the creation of this new 12-member committee, which will bring together community leaders from industry, health, arts & culture and other sectors, will bring to bear the great passion and pride in the francophone nature of the university.

              Why are Francophone students so important to Laurentian?

              Eliminating Laurentian’s francophone mandate and transferring programs would not only require government intervention that would jeopardize employment agreements, but it would also eliminate the opportunity for students to pursue a bilingual degree in northern Ontario.

              What is Laurentian University doing to support Indigenous education?

              Our primary mission is to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Laurentian University is a microcosm of Canada: we are northern; we are bilingual; we are committed to reconciliation.

              We can assure you that as part of the CCAA process, decisions are made in careful consideration of the best interests of our students and all those impacted. We remain deeply committed to Indigenous students and communities. They are critical as we continue to press forward toward a renewed Laurentian University – one where the identity and values that have shaped our successful institution are reinforced and celebrated.

              We recognize that the loss of the Indigenous Studies program upon the dissolution of the Laurentian Federation was extremely difficult and felt broadly across the community. Working with the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC), Laurentian is committed to enhancing and expanding its offerings in this area to develop a new Indigenous Program. Being a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something we cherish – and will fight to preserve. ​

              Prospective Students

              Last update: March 25, 2022

              Should I accept my offer of admission from Laurentian?

              We would love to welcome you to our Laurentian community! The University remains committed to providing an excellent experience to all students in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and beyond. As part of the effort underway to address Laurentian’s financial challenges through the CCAA process, we are working to ensure we have a strong and vibrant university going forward.

              Why is enrolment down? Should I be concerned about applying to be a student at Laurentian?

              While fewer applications for the incoming academic year is disappointing, it was not unexpected, given the smaller number of programs and uncertainties of the restructuring process. ​Transforming Laurentian for a strong future is a marathon, not a sprint.
              We’re confident in the positive signs that better days are ahead. They reinforce that this effort is making meaningful progress. Our community’s desire to get this rebuild right will lead to a stronger, more resilient and financially sustainable Laurentian.

              Has the recent financial restructuring impacted varsity athletics or intramural sports?

              Laurentian University continues to achieve athletic success in the OUA and U SPORTS in its varsity programs which include Women’s and Men’s Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country Running, Indoor Track, Golf, Nordic Skiing, Curling, Rowing and Baseball (men’s). UMen’s and women’s varsity swimming as well as the men’s and women’s varsity hockey programs were previously discontinued.

              Intramural sports and clubs are student-driven and as such, will resume, provided public health guidelines associated with COVID-19 and that the activities can be conducted safely.

              Is the financial restructuring impacting Laurentian’s small class sizes?

              Comparatively, classes at Laurentian are small to moderately sized and allow for favorable engagement between faculty and students in all programs.

              What services are available to support students?

              New students can receive support during Orientation and throughout their studies from First Year Coaches, Student Success Advisors, Counseling, Accessibility, and other support teams to help ease transition to university and help you succeed as a student. Please contact: orientation@laurentian.ca for more information.

              Has the recent restructuring impacted tuition?

              No, tuition fees have not been affected. They are regulated by the provincial government, separate from the CCAA process. Ancillary fees, determined by the student associations and the Board of Governors, have yet to be finalized but will be communicated as soon as they are available.

              Looking Forward

              Last update: March 25, 2022

              What is Laurentian’s vision for the future as a university?

              Our vision for the future is to continue our legacy as a university focused on the needs of the North and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

              We are grateful for the patience of our community partners and encouraged by the continued demand for a Laurentian education – especially during this time of concern regarding the University’s current transformation process.

              As a result of its academic restructuring and with the goal of graduating leaders who will foster the growth of Northern Ontario, Laurentian has focused its programs on Health Sciences, Education, Arts, Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture – while being committed to a strong interdisciplinary experience for our students.

              As we work to rebuild trust, restore pride and regain a sense of belonging, we’ll always be guided by the needs of our students and our community. ​Laurentian’s ability to provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body, along with its vital role as a positive force to champion a brain gain for our region, is not only part of Northern Ontario’s history but the key to its future.

              Why is it important that Laurentian University has a future?

              For more than 60 years, Laurentian has been at the crossroads of culture, industry, art, science, and politics, growing from a humble and small institution to become Northern Ontario’s foremost university.

              Laurentian’s value proposition as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something to be cherished – and worth preserving. We provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body championing a brain gain for the North, for Ontario, and beyond. More than half of our students (52%), many of them from Indigenous and Francophone communities, are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.

              We know we have much to do to fully regain trust, rekindle pride, and rebuild a sense of belonging across our entire community. Learning from our past will set forth a renewed, sustainable future. We can focus on what unites us as a community that cares about giving our children an enriching education in a setting that will set them up for success – in life and in the career of their choice.

                Parents

                Last update: November 5, 2021

                What is Laurentian’s vision for the future as a university?

                For more than 60 years, Laurentian has been at the crossroads of culture, industry, art, science, and politics, growing from a humble and small institution to become Northern Ontario’s foremost university. We are deeply proud of our legacy.
                We are a university focused on the needs of the North and the communities we serve. We are an agile space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

                Laurentian’s bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something to be cherished – and worth preserving. We provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body championing a brain gain for the North, for Ontario, and beyond. More than half of our students , many of them from Indigenous and Francophone communities, are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.

                We know we have much to do to fully regain trust, rekindle pride, and rebuild a sense of belonging across our entire community. Learning from our past will set forth a renewed, sustainable future. As we work to fully rebuild trust, restore pride and regain a sense of belonging, we’ll always be guided by the needs of our students and our community.​ We are united in our dedication to giving our children an enriching education in a setting that will set them up for success – in life and in the career of their choice.

                  How is Laurentian supporting its students through its transformation?

                  Our students have always been our top priority. We understand that this process has been difficult. Laurentian is focusing all its efforts on doing whatever is required to successfully emerge from the CCAA proceeding with a restructured financial, operational and academic footprint and a refreshed ability to serve students for years to come.

                  Laurentian has done everything possible to help students find alternate programs and courses of study. Students in programs that were impacted by these changes were given detailed plans to provide a pathway to degree completion.

                  Will the current situation cause tuition to increase?

                  No. There have not been any tuition increases. Laurentian’s tuition and student fees are one of the lowest in the Province, and the Province-wide tuition freeze in place continues for 2022-23.

                  My child received an offer of admission from Laurentian. Should they accept it?

                  Yes – we look forward to welcoming your young adult at Laurentian! We are committed to providing an excellent experience for all of our students in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and beyond.

                  While we progress through the CCAA process, that work does not affect students in the current academic term. This transformational effort is necessary to ensure that we have a strong and vibrant university going forward. With the Province’s recent financial support, applicants who may be considering the University can feel even more confident to study here in the North.

                  What do you make of Laurentian’s poor showing in the annual Maclean’s Rankings?

                  The current restructuring of the University, when successfully completed, will offer both an opportunity and a springboard for Laurentian to rise in rankings such as Maclean’s. However, we measure success using key metrics that are important to students and their families, things such as the rate of graduate employment in a related field, or the average employment income after graduation.

                  We remain the top-ranked university in post-graduate employment in Ontario, a significant accomplishment we have achieved for more than a decade now: 94 per cent of Laurentian graduates are employed after just six months and 98 percent are employed after two years.

                  VARIA

                  Last update: March 25, 2022

                  What does this mean for the pool?

                  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool has been closed since mid-March, 2020. There is a significant amount of maintenance and repairs required to the recreation facility where the pool is housed. The cost of performing this maintenance is significant and the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately made matters worse, as the normal revenues Laurentian would receive through use of the recreation facility have not been realized. Laurentian is considering all its options with respect to the pool and recreational facility.

                  We will try to answer as many of your questions as possible. To the extent we receive common questions, we will consolidate them and provide further updates to the Frequently Asked Questions.

                  My child received an offer of admission from Laurentian. Should they accept it?

                  We are grateful to our students, faculty, employees, and all our community partners who care about Laurentian’s success and are working toward a renewed Laurentian. They are fundamental to ensuring that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at the University for years to come. We thank them for their patience and their deep attachment to Laurentian’s unique character as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment. The excitement among students returning to campus for a new school year has been palpable.

                  We are prioritizing and working hard to convey to our students our vision for the future, which is a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.