TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Graduate students and university faculty
now have to contend with an even smaller pool of research funding in
Ontario. Students are disappointed that the Liberal government
eliminated $42 million in research grants without any warning through
the elimination of the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).
"The loss of this research funding is devastating for the academic
community, especially for those who conduct research in the social
sciences, arts and humanities," said Désirée Lamoureux, Chairperson of
the Ontario Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students. "At
a time where innovation can help improve Ontario's economy, government
is cutting programs that are meant to boost economic growth."
These program cuts were announced immediately after the government
launched a tuition fee grant that excludes all graduate students.
Graduate students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees in the
country and have graduation rates as low as 34 per cent. Cutting
research grants and reducing access to financial aid is a double-blow
for thousands of graduate students.
"Graduate students were concerned when the Liberal government eliminated
the Ministry of Research and Innovation," said Sandy Hudson,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Despite
having not consulted with students or faculty, Dalton McGuinty has
staged another attack on academic research through these cuts," she
The Ontario Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students
unites more than 50,000 graduate students in Ontario. The Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000 college and
university students attending public post-secondary institutions across
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Désirée Lamoureux, Ontario Graduate Caucus Chairperson: 226-678-8703
Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: 416-925-3825 or 416-846-6672 (mobile)