Canadian Education Transfer to Provinces a Necessity: Student Groups

Guaranteed federal funding should ensure quality and accessibility of education in all provinces.

OTTAWA, April 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and provincial partner organizations are calling on all federal parties to implement a dedicated transfer for post-secondary education in their platform. The next federal government will be responsible for renegotiating The Canada Social Transfer, which allocates over $800 million annually for post-secondary education to the provinces and expires in 2014.

"The federal government plays a central role in funding programs that aim to improve quality and accessibility of postsecondary education in Canada," said Zachary Dayler, National Director of CASA. "The federal and provincial governments must work collaboratively toward a sustainable funding model that respects provincial and federal jurisdictions."

A $4 billion funding gap, which originated in the early nineties as a result of reduced transfers to the provinces for post-secondary education, has led to increasingly high tuition fees over the past fifteen years. In light of this gap, students are the ones that are forced to assume the burden.

"Many provinces are cutting operating grants to universities and colleges while tuition fees rise to cover increasing expenses," said Mark Coffin, Executive Director of the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations. "Students are paying more and getting less because of chronic underfunding from the federal government." This issue needs to be addressed to make quality education affordable for all PSE students.

The partnership of student alliances includes Alberta Students' Executive Council, the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the College Student Alliance, the Council of Alberta University Students, the New Brunswick Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, University of Prince Edward Island Students' Union, and the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia.

SOURCE CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Marianka Charalambij, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Tel.: 613-236-3457 ext. 224 (c) 613-407-6420
Email: casacomm@casa.ca

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