TORONTO, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On May 16, 2014 the College Student
Alliance (CSA) asked Ontario's party leaders to provide their
post-secondary education platform pertaining to the CSA pillars:
accessibility, accountability, affordability, quality and
The CSA received its third submission from the Ontario Progressive
Conservative Party on May 31, 2014, in the form of a letter from Mr.
Tim Hudak. To view the letter, please visit www.itsyourvote.ca.
The CSA received its final submission from the Ontario Liberal Party on
June 5, 2014:
New 4-year tuition framework at 3 per cent which saves an average
30 per cent off Ontario Tuition Grant for low and middle class families
will provide college students with $820 in 2014-15;
Elimination of deferral and late tuition fees; and
Continuation of the Ontario Student Opportunity Grant which caps student
Introduced the Ontario Distance Grant and the Part-Time Student Grant;
Continue to invest in Pathways to Education and similar programs that
reach out to underrepresented students in the postsecondary education
Committed to replacing the current Grade 10 Careers curriculum with one
that helps students explore possible careers in a more hands-on way;
Will work with schools, guidance counsellors, business, and labour in
communities to identify Skills Champions who can mentor students
throughout school toward apprenticeship and a successful career.
Through the Strategic Mandate Agreements, Multi-Year Accountability
Agreements and Key Performance Indicators, ensure that institutions are
reporting the outcomes of their programs and students; and
Through the Open Government initiative, make government data sets
available to the public, providing an unprecedented amount of
information and access.
Implemented new Strategic Mandate Agreements to ensure that funding is
better spent on highly specialized programs that increase quality
We will provide almost $500 million over 10 years to support deferred
maintenance projects at colleges and universities; and
Reduce duplication to allow colleges to work to their strengths;
$74M in continued support of Ontario Council on Articulation and
Creation of Course-to-Course Transfer Guide through ONTransfer.ca;
$42M toward Ontario Online, new centre of excellence that gives students
access to high-quality and transferable online courses; and
Working towards a robust credit transfer system that provides students
with the greatest opportunity for success.
The CSA would like to thank the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
and the Ontario Liberal Party for their responses. Thank you, once
again, to the Ontario New Democratic Party and Green Party of Ontario
for their earlier participation.
Stay tuned for additional updates as we approach the June 12th election day. To explore student priorities for Ontario's 2014 General
Election please visit www.itsyourvote.ca.
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy organization, which
has been proudly serving Ontario's college students since 1975. The CSA
currently represents 15 colleges and 21 student councils with over
130,000 full-time student members throughout the province.
SOURCE: College Student Alliance
For further information:
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance
College Student Alliance