TORONTO, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2012 Ontario Budget, passed in the
legislature today, does little to make post-secondary education more
affordable for Ontarians. Students are disappointed that this budget
does nothing to alleviate record-high student debt or reduce the
upfront cost of attending college or university in the province.
"Students in Ontario face the highest tuition fees in the country and
will find no relief when they go back to school this fall," said Sarah
Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"For every new $1.00 allocated to financial assistance, this budget
will claw back $1.20 from students in 2012-13 by increasing tuition
fees and cutting nine grant, scholarship and bursary programs."
The Liberal Party promised students a 30 per cent tuition fee reduction
in the 2011 election. After being elected partially on that promise,
the government instead introduced the complicated Ontario Tuition Grant
that close to 80 per cent of students in Ontario have not received. The
2012 budget eliminates $100 million in other financial assistance
programs for students and allows tuition fees to increase by 5-8 per
cent, for the seventh consecutive year.
Earlier this month, students presented to the Standing Committee on
Finance and recommended that the money from the Ontario Tuition Grant
and the new tax bracket on incomes over $500,000 be directed to
reducing tuition fees. This proposal alone could have reduced tuition
fees for all college and university students by 25 per cent.
"Under the McGuinty government, tuition fees have increased as much as
71 per cent," said King. "Students are tired of the government playing
political games instead of making college and university education more
affordable for students."
The CFS-Ontario submission on the 2012 Ontario Budget can be downloaded
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students from Windsor to Thunder
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson: 416-925-3825 or 647-339-4070 (cell)
Toby Whitfield, National Executive Representative: 416-925-3825 or 647-531-2417 (cell)