SUDBURY, ON, March 14 /CNW/ - Voters in Northern Ontario believe that
the quality of education offered at Ontario colleges and universities
has declined since Dalton McGuinty became Premier, according to a new
poll released today at Laurentian University. Northern Ontarians
believe that the affordability of college and university tuition fees
is more of a concern than reducing taxes or crime.
The poll, commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University
Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario (CFS-O), finds that 73 per cent of Northern Ontarians
want the post-secondary education system to be a priority for the
"The effects of the recession have been felt acutely in Northern Ontario
and as people look to college and university education to improve their
job opportunities, it's clear that the high cost of tuition fees poses
a barrier," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation
of Students-Ontario. "The vast majority of Northerners believe that
tuition fees are too high."
In Ontario, tuition fees have risen by an average of 28 per cent over
the past five years. Ontario now has the highest tuition fees in Canada
- an average of $6,307 per year for an undergraduate student and nearly
$9,000 for a graduate student.
"Students who study in Northern Ontario face unique barriers to
accessing post-secondary education and the results of this poll
demonstrate the need for Dalton McGuinty to immediately freeze the cost
of tuition fees," said Vanessa Galstaldo, Northern Region Caucus
Chairperson and student at Algoma University.
The results of this study are based on a poll of 1,800 Ontarians over
the age of 18 conducted between January 5 and 14, 2011. The Northern
Ontario results are based on a sample of 300 residents over the age of
18. The margin of error for the Northern Ontario sample is +/- 4.0
percentage points within a confidence interval of 95%.
This is the fifth wave of findings released. The first findings were
released on Friday January 21, 2011 and examined Ontarians' attitudes
towards the internationalization of post-secondary education. The
second, third and fourth looked at attitudes towards universities and
colleges in the Ottawa, 905 and Southern Ontario regions. For more
details and complete results please visit http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students studying at
post-secondary institutions across the province. The Ontario
Confederation of University Faculty Associations is the voice of 17,000
university professors and academic librarians across Ontario.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator, CFS-Ontario: 416-925-3825or416-846-6672
Christine Bourque, Northern Fieldworker, CFS-Ontario: 705-561-9009 [cell]