TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario New Democratic Party
promised to freeze tuition fees and eliminate interest on Ontario
student loans if elected. Students welcomed the announcement and issued
a challenge for the Liberal and Progressive Conservative Parties of
Ontario to commit to stopping tuition fee hikes and reducing student
"This election will be critical to the future affordability,
accessibility and quality of the post-secondary sector, including
whether or not the skyrocketing costs of student fees are addressed,"
said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "Eliminating interest on student loans would stop
lower income students from paying more for their education than
students who finish debt-free."
The Progressive Conservative government in Newfoundland and Labrador
eliminated interest on student loans in 2009. Since then, that province
has become the least expensive in which to study and is a destination
for Maritime students seeking a more affordable college or university
"It is time to change Ontario's reputation of being the province of the
highest fees, lowest per student funding and largest class sizes," said
Hudson. "The NDP promise to freeze tuition fees and eliminate interest
on student loans is a necessary first step to enhance affordability and
we hope that student pressure will convince all parties to go further
and promise a tuition fee reduction."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students, represented
by 37 students' unions in all regions of Ontario. For more information
about the CFS-Ontario election campaign, visit www.take-it-over.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sandy Hudson, Chairperson: 416-925-3825 or 416-722-8842 (cell)
Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: