TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Statistics Canada released its annual
tuition fee report today which shows that under Dalton McGuinty's
watch, tuition fees are the highest in Canada for the third year in a
row. Undergraduate students pay an average of $6,640 and graduate
students pay an average of $7,578. According to the report, graduate
student fees increased by 5.5 per cent, exceeding the provincial
"It is unacceptable that the current government has forced Ontario
students to pay the highest fees in Canada. As other provinces freeze
and reduce tuition fees, the gap between Ontario and the second most
expensive province widens," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Students and their families
are preparing to vote in the provincial election and they want to know
which of the parties they can trust to reduce the cost of education."
Since 2006, students in Ontario have faced a cumulative increase in
tuition fees of up to 59 per cent. This is a result of government
policy that has allowed fees to increase by four to eight per cent each
year. Ontario also continues to have the lowest per-student funding in
the country, 24 per cent below the national average.
"During this election campaign, the Liberals and the Progressive
Conservatives have refused to commit to ending tuition fee hikes," said
Krisna Saravanamuttu, Ontario Representative of the Canadian Federation
of Students. "Students demand that the political parties address the
upfront cost of education or we will respond accordingly at the polls."
Students in Ontario collectively owe more than $7 billion in government
student loans. The Ontario Liberals raised the debt cap in 2010 and
students can now accrue up to $29,200 in public student debt. When
debt accumulated from credit cards and lines of credit is included,
students owe $37,000 on average.
"Slamming students with high fees and saddling them with debt reduces
their economic mobility and their participation in Ontario's economy,"
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students studying at
public post-secondary institutions across the province. Visit www.take-it-over.ca to find out more about students' priorities for the Ontario election.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sandy Hudson, Chairperson: 416-925-3825 or 416-722-8842 (cell)
Nora Loreto, Communications Coordinator: 416-925-3825 or 416-846-6672 (cell)