Ontario Students to McGuinty: Get serious about education, reduce tuition fees now.



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Students are outraged that their tuition fees
increased more than in any other province for this academic year. Data
released today from Statistics Canada shows that Ontario now has the second
highest tuition fees in Canada and the highest fees for graduate students.
    "Ontario Students faced the highest increase in tuition fees in Canada
from the hand of a Premier who promised affordable education," said Shelley
Melanson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"McGuinty needs to immediately roll back all fee hikes since the freeze was
cancelled in 2006, or stop calling himself the Education Premier with a
straight face."
    The Statistics Canada report showed an average increase of 4.7 percent
for undergraduate tuition fees and 3.7 percent average for graduate fees in
the last year. Average fees for graduate students continue to be the highest
in Canada, over $1,500 more than the second highest province, Nova Scotia.
    "Graduate students are hit hard by these tuition fee increases," said
Federico Carvajal, Chairperson of the Ontario Graduate Caucus. "If this
government is serious about investing in research and overcoming the crisis in
the manufacturing sector, then they'll alleviate financial barriers for
Ontario's graduate students by reducing up-front costs."
    Students have committed to fight against these tuition fee increases
through a province-wide day of action. On November 5, students from across
Ontario will demonstrate their opposition to these fee hikes and call on the
government to develop a plan to replace McGuinty's Reaching Higher plan for
tuition fee increases with a concrete strategy to drop fees.
    "Dalton McGuinty's government needs to take notice: his fee increases are
a significant barrier to access for many marginalized students and for
students from low and middle class families. An inequitable system is simply
not acceptable and students are determined to make this an issue that is
impossible to ignore," said Melanson.

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students at 35 students' unions across the province





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson: (416) 925-3825
or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Federico Carvajal, Chairperson, Ontario Graduate
Caucus, (613) 851-2726 (cell); Joel Duff, Ontario Organiser: (416) 925-3825 or
(416) 707-0349 (cell)


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