HALIFAX, Oct. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia government announced
today that they would be cutting funding to universities by three
percent for the 2013-14 academic year. These cuts are on top of a three
percent cut in 2012-13 and a four percent cut in 2011-12.
"This funding cut will be passed directly onto Nova Scotia students and
their families through fee increases and a diminished quality of
education," said Nick Stark, Nova Scotia National Executive
Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students. "This funding
cut is unfortunately just another example of the Nova Scotia NDP
turning its back on university students in this province."
According to the government's Report on the University System in Nova Scotia per student funding for universities in Nova Scotia is still lower than
it was in 1990 in constant dollars, leaving Nova Scotia dead last in
per-student funding compared to other provinces. Currently government
funding makes up less than 47 percent of university operating revenue
in Nova Scotia, while it makes up nearly 75 percent of university
operating revenue in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Over the years students have presented the NDP government with numerous
alternatives to cutting funding to universities and increasing tuition
fees, which have all been ignored," said Stark.
Recommendations include: eliminating the ineffective $11 million tax
credit program, redirecting the $25 million dollar "Innovation Fund"
aimed at giving universities incentive to make budget cuts and devoting
less university resources to senior administration salaries and
"This funding cut directly undermines the NDPs recent commitment to
reducing tuition fess in their next mandate," said Stark. "If the NDP
plans to honour its promise to reduce tuition fees they need to start
prioritize funding for post-secondary education."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest students'
organization, uniting more than 500,000 university and college students
from all ten provinces.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Nick Stark, Nova Scotia National Executive Representative
Canadian Federation of Students
Cellular: (902) 818-4838
Rebecca Rose, Maritimes Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students
Cellular: (902) 488-2122