Canadian Alliance of Student Associations responds to 2013 Federal
OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The federal budget, tabled today by
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty contained $70 million over three years to
support paid internships for 5,000 post-secondary graduates.
At present over 1,000,000 students are enrolled in university and
approximately 700,000 are enrolled in colleges across Canada. This
measure will provide valuable experience that will help ease the
challenge of employment instability, but only among a miniscule portion
of new graduates.
University graduates saw a net increase of 700,000 jobs between July
2008 and July 2012, college and trades graduates benefitted from a net
gain of 320,000 jobs over the same period. People who had attained high
school or less saw a net loss of 640,000 jobs during the same period.
"This budget offers support for employers to hire new graduates as
interns after graduation," said Zachary Dayler, National Director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). "Unfortunately,
it does little to support those individuals who struggle to access
post-secondary, which would help more people get a foot in the door of
the labour market."
In advance of the budget students across Canada called on the government
to make financial assistance more effective and accessible. Helping
people get the skills training and education they need to be full
participants in the labour market will fuel Canada's future prosperity.
Over 400,000 people rely on federal financial assistance to fund their
education each year.
"The government should have taken this opportunity to focus on improving
the skills and education of people who have the most difficulty finding
employment," added Pat Joyce, CASA Board Chair. "Clearly more needs to
be done to give those folks a shot at post-secondary education and the
"Increasing the pool of highly educated, highly trained graduates will
improve the adaptability of the labour force and that will improve
flexibility within the labour market," added Dayler. "It is clear that
these measures do more to help employers than youth."
CASA supports additional annual investments of $5 million for two years
for aboriginal education through Indspire, formerly the National
Aboriginal Achievement Foundation to support scholarships. CASA also is
encouraged by continued investments in the Canada Foundation for
Innovation which supports expenditures on campus infrastructure,
ensuring that these costs are not passed on to students.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations represents 300,000
students at 25 member associations from across Canada. CASA advocates
for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible,
affordable, and of the highest quality.
SOURCE: CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS
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