Media Advisory - Funding for Education Long Overdue: Students



    OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Early next week the federal government
will be tabling its second budget, and Canada's students are hoping
Conservatives will not make the same mistake twice.
    "In last year's budget, the government all but ignored post-secondary
education funding. Although several measures were consistent with our
policies, the budget fell well short of electoral promises," said Phillippe
Ouellette, National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA).
    Over the last year, CASA along with education stakeholders across Canada,
including all provincial and territorial ministers of education, have
emphasized the need and urgency of funding a dedicated education transfer for
post-secondary education. An initial funding level of at least $4 billion in
annual cash transfers is urgently needed in order to match funding levels
from1992/1993, adjusted to inflation and demographic growth.
    CASA is also urging the federal government to commit to funding a
holistic review of Canada's financial aid system. Students' needs are not
accurately assessed. Governments spend over $1.7 billion on education-related
tax credits for students, and new tax credits were announced by the federal
government and several provinces over the past year. Yet this money does not
go to students in need - only 31 per cent of tax credits are used by students
while they are studying. The review should examine federal and provincial
student loans, grants, tax incentives, savings programs, and the Millennium
Scholarship Foundation.
    "The current generation of students are Canada's education generation.
Those with children, special needs, working full or part time jobs while
studying, it is this generation that is paying more for education and
incurring more debt, it is time for the federal government to make this a
priority," concluded Mr. Ouellette.

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a not-for-profit
national student organization, offering progressive education reform
solutions. CASA is one of the most successful education lobby groups in
Canada, offering progressive, common sense education reform solutions for over
a decade.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Caen Suni,
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, (613) 236-3457, ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605, casacomm@casa.ca

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