TORONTO, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Tuition, youth unemployment, and student
mental health supports are important issues for Ontarians according the
results of a survey released today by the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA). Entitled "Public Opinion on Tuition, Youth
Unemployment, and Efforts to Support Students Living with Mental
Illness in Ontario," the survey, conducted by Nanos Research on OUSA's
behalf, details the opinion of a random sample of Ontarians on these
The results indicate that an overwhelming majority of Ontarians believe
that the current tuition framework of 5% annual tuition increases is
unfair. Even when reminded of the current provincial deficit, when
asked if they would be supportive of a tuition freeze accompanied by
increased government funding to universities, almost 60% of respondents
supported this measure.
Ontarians were also asked to provide their opinion on tying subsequent
tuition increases to inflation, with 70.8% of respondents agreeing that
should tuition increase in the future, it should be by no more than the
rate of inflation as measured by Ontario's Consumer Price Index.
"Ontarians recognize that our province has the least affordable tuition
in the country," said Alysha Li, President of OUSA. "Support for a more
affordable tuition framework, including an immediate tuition freeze,
strongly exists in Ontario."
Survey respondents also indicated that they would be supportive of new
government investment into strategies for addressing high youth
unemployment rates in Ontario. Approximately three out of four
respondents noted that they would be supportive of a new $100 million
investment into initiatives targeting youth unemployment by the
provincial government, despite Ontario's deficit reduction targets.
Reducing wait times for front-line mental health care on campuses and
investing in self-management workshops for students to address their
symptoms as they arise were selected as the top priorities for
increased funding for campus mental health care, according to the
survey results. Respondents were asked to choose between reducing
campus wait times, investing in self-management strategies, the sharing
of best practices between institutions, and directing resources towards
anti-stigma campaigns as their preferred means of addressing student
mental health issues. Front-line care and self-management strategies
received 33.4% and 28.5% support respectively.
"Residents of Ontario believe more can be done to address student health
and unemployment," continued Li. "New investment into strategies
designed to combat these issues will not only benefit students, but the
province as a whole."
To see the results of "Public Opinion on Tuition, Youth Unemployment,
and Efforts to Support Students Living with Mental Illness in Ontario,"
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 155,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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