TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Students are disappointed with the
Liberal government's decision to further increase tuition fees in
Ontario. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid
released a new tuition fee policy today that will allow universities to
increase tuition fees by three to five per cent every year for the next
4 years. Under this framework, total tuition fee increases under the
Liberal government will reach as much as 108 per cent.
"This Liberal government has turned its back on Ontario students and
families who are already struggling to pay the highest tuition fees in
the country," said Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "With food bank usage on campus on the
rise and an untold number of youth being shut out of accessing a
college or university education every year, these increases will put
college and university education further out of reach for low- and
The framework announced today will allow institutions to increase
college and undergraduate university tuition fees by three per cent,
while tuition fees for graduate, professional and "high demand" college
programs will be permitted to increase by five per cent. International
student tuition fees will continue to be completely deregulated.
Since 2006, tuition fees have increased as much as 71 per cent in
Ontario. Average student debt after a four year degree is now $37,000
for debt from public and private sources. While the Ontario Liberals
committed to reducing tuition fees by 30 per cent in the last election,
their Ontario Tuition Grant has reached fewer than one-quarter of
students in the province.
Last week, students met with more than 60 Members of Provincial
Parliament to present students' plan for a new multi-year tuition fee
framework that would reduce tuition fees by 30 per cent over three
years. The plan included a cost neutral proposal for reducing tuition
fees by 17 per cent next year. Read students' recommendations here.
"Students presented government with a reasonable plan to make
post-secondary education more affordable in Ontario," said King. "It is
disappointing that the government insists on continuing its policy of
charging high tuition fees and saddling Ontario's young people with
record high levels of student debt."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents over 300,000
students in all regions of the province. The Canadian Federation of
Students is Canada's largest and oldest student organization.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson: 416-925-3825 (office) or 647-339-4070 (cell)
Michael Yam, Researcher: 416-925-3825 (office) or 647-218-9267 (cell)