TORONTO, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - On May 16th, 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 the following submission from the NDP on May 25, 2014:
Affordability: Students and families are feeling squeezed in tough times. High tuition
fees don't help. The Ontario NDP will freeze post-secondary tuition at
2014 levels, and make provincial student loans interest-free. Andrea
Horwath is the only leader who will tackle high tuition fees and make
post-secondary studies more affordable.
Accessibility: Advanced education is crucial to growing the economy. We will expand
access to post-secondary opportunities by helping students cut costs
and investing in re-training programs for workers. We pushed the
Liberals to implement a youth jobs plan and we will continue to create
jobs with a Job Creation Tax Credit.
Accountability: Andrea Horwath knows the value of a dollar. We will make government more
accountable and restore respect for tax dollars, including hiring an
independent Financial Accountability Officer. We will work with
colleges, universities and students to preserve accountability in the
sector - and ensure students are part of the decision-making process.
Quality: Liberal cuts have hurt the quality of post-secondary education. Class
sizes are increasing and staff do not have the stability they need with
part-time contracts. The Ontario NDP will address the concerns of
students and faculty, and invest in protecting the quality of learning
in our colleges and universities.
Transferability: Skills can take a student anywhere they want to go. The credit transfer
system needs to work for students, too. The Ontario NDP will ensure
that a flexible system can meet students' needs while preserving the
quality of education, interaction with instructors, and the bricks and
mortar of campuses.
The CSA would like to thank the NDP for sharing their platform. To
explore student priorities for Ontario's 2014 General Election please
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