A lot of people spend their lives building up a network in their hometowns. Young or older, chances are that, as far as your hometown is concerned, you know who you can turn to for help in any sort of crisis, where you can look for a good job, and so on. One of the problems with deciding to attend a university is that often, the student has to make a choice to leave his or her hometown and the familiarity that might bring. Attending one of the universities of Ontario, away from home, might not be too much of a problem for younger students (in fact, many have leaving home as their goal) but what about for the older student who has a family to worry about? It is not likely that you are willing, or even able, to sacrifice the security you and your family have in your hometown, even though you realize furthering your education will lead to benefits in the future.
This is why the option provided by distance learning is so appealing, particularly to older students. In Ontario, distance learning is made possible by many universities, including the University of Toronto, Guelph, and others. The programs tend to offer almost any degree that the school has available for students, from English as a Second Language degrees to a Bachelor of Arts and beyond (as is the case with many universities in North America, it is common for students to do the majority of their Master's Degree work through online programs).
For the older student, particularly those with a family, the best option when it comes to furthering an education today lies in online education. Ontario and its major upper education institutions has not been left behind when it comes to this option, and it is well worth it for any person thinking about gaining a first degree or master's to look into what programs the schools in the province have to offer.