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.

THE FACTS:

  • 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.

 

WHAT: 

Canadian Federation of Students responds to 2015 Throne Speech

DATE:

Friday, December 4, 2015

WHO:

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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