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Strategic Mandate Agreement 3

Laurentian University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 (SMA3) Consultation and Development Process

Strategic Mandate Agreement 3

The Ontario government announced that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will be negotiating Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 (SMA3, from 2020-25) with all Ontario universities. 

The Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) is a bilateral agreement between the ministry and the university, which the ministry considers to be a key feature of the accountability framework for postsecondary education in Ontario. SMA3 bilateral discussions will focus on a new “performance/outcomes-based funding mechanism” announced in the Ontario 2019 budget. As part of SMA3, the ministry will confirm our performance-based funding and our core enrolment funding based on corridor midpoints.

The SMA agreement must demonstrate how Laurentian’s mission supports the priority areas of the Ontario government and how our plans and strategies will support improved performance in the key areas of:

(i)  addressing the evolving needs of the labour market,  
(ii)  enhancing the skills and competencies of our students, and 
(iii) supporting a postsecondary education system that strengthens Ontario’s economic competitiveness.


The government has grouped the 10 performance metrics within two main categories:  
Skills & Job Outcomes  
Community & Economic Impact

In addition, a third category has been created called “Productivity, Accountability & Transparency”, and institutions will be responsible for reporting  data regarding Faculty Workload and Faculty Compensation.

Information Updates - Consultation Events

  • Laurentian Leadership Group Updates:  May 30, 2019 and October 11, 2019
  • Faculty Councils: January 2020
  • Senate: November 19, 2019, December 10, 2019 and January 21, 2020 
  • Board of Governors and Committees:    October 7, 2019, October 25, 2019, December 13, 2019, and January 20, 2020,
  • All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the following SMA3 Community Engagement Sessions: 
    • Community Engagement Session 1:  January 27, 2020, 1:30-3:30 PM, W-132 - West Residence
    • Community Engagement Session 2:  January 29, 2020, 10:00-12:00 PM, W-132 - West Residence

We look forward to your input.