OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Growing disparities between provincial
tuition fee rates are leading to significant differences in public
post-secondary education affordability across Canada, according to a
report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
"Without national standards for public post-secondary education,
provinces are free to set tuition fee rates at whatever levels they see
fit," said Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students. "Canada needs national standards for access,
enforced by a post-secondary education act similar to the Canada Health
The average cost of tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian
undergraduate students will rise by almost 13% over the next four
years, from $6,885 this fall to an estimated $7,755 in 2017-18,
according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Ontario is
the province with the highest fees and will see its tuition and other
fees climb from $8,474 this fall to an estimated $9,483 in 2017-18.
Newfoundland and Labrador remains the province with the lowest tuition
and other compulsory fees of $2,871, rising to an estimated $2,888 in
2017-18. Nationally, university education has become, on average, 20%
less affordable for median-income families in Canada since 1993.
"As the cost of post-secondary education continues to rise, it limits
the ability for middle-income and lower-income families to contribute
to the economy and save for retirement," added McCormick.
Since the funding cuts of the 1990s, an increasing proportion of the
cost of post-secondary education has been passed onto students and
their families. Although government grants used to cover up to 80
percent of university and college operating budgets 30 years ago, today
they cover roughly 50 percent with tuition fees making up the
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Jessica McCormick, 613-232-7394
Regional representatives available upon request.