Media Advisory - Students available to comment on 2015 Throne Speech

OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Students will be available to comment on the 2015 Throne Speech on Friday, December 4th.  During the recent federal election, the Canadian Federation of Students recommended a number of methods to increase the accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada including redirecting funding from education tax credits and savings schemes into upfront grants, reducing existing student debt, and strengthening financial support for Aboriginal students.


  • Tuition fees in Canada range from $2,506 (Newfoundland and Labrador) to $8,738 (Ontario) and have increased at five times the rate of inflation since the mid 1990s.
  • More than 205,000 Canadians were unable to make any payments on their student loans in 2013, an increase of 10 percent over 2012.
  • More than 20,000 First Nations students are currently on a waiting list to receive funding to pursue post-secondary education. Annual funding increases have been capped at 2 percent since 1996.



Canadian Federation of Students responds to 2015 Throne Speech


Friday, December 4, 2015


Bilan Arte, National Chairperson


The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students from coast to coast. The Federation and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.


SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

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