Ontario students call for funding, not fees in pre-budget submission

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Students have presented a broad range of reforms that will improve the affordability and quality of the educational experience at Ontario colleges and universities to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The submission requested that funding from seven ministries be dedicated to target a variety of improvements, including increasing per-student funding, implementing sustainable building retrofits and reducing tuition fees.

"With an eye to the 2011 Ontario election, we hope members of the Standing Committee heed students' recommendations as they deliberate on the 2011 Ontario Budget," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Considering that Ontario students pay the highest tuition fees in Canada, we are counting on our elected representatives to make a significant investment into the future of this province."

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations conducted a poll with Feedback Research Incorporated during early January 2011 into the attitudes of Ontarians towards post-secondary education. The results of that poll will be released in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Toronto over the next four weeks. A copy of the submission made to the Standing Committee can be found at this link.

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000 college and university students studying at public post-secondary institutions across the province.

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)


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