Students congratulate new government, vow to hold accountable

OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Students across Canada congratulate the newly elected Liberal Government led by Justin Trudeau, and are eager to see their substantial commitments to students and youth realised.

"The Canadian Federation of Students has been calling for investment in up-front grants for post-secondary education for many years," said Bilan Arte, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "The Liberals have promised to deliver $3.3 billion in increases to federal student grants."

Additional Liberal commitments to Canada's students and youth included:

  • $1.3 billion over three years to create 40,000 youth jobs each year
  • $50 million annually in additional Post-Secondary Student Support Program spending to remove the funding cap increase
  • Expand the Repayment Assistance Program to ensure no graduate with student loans will be required to make repayments until they are earning an income of at least $25,000 per year

"Burdened by record levels of debt and troubling employment outcomes, students voted for change in this election and we will work to see this change actualized," said Arte. "Students will continue to work towards accessible post-secondary education for all."

The Canadian Federation of Students led a national movement to empower students and youth to vote through the It's No Secret campaign. Canada's students celebrated a staggering 70,000 students voting in early on-campus polls, and extraordinary turnout on campuses at advanced polling and Election Day.  

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organization, uniting more than one-half million students across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organizations have represented students in Canada since 1927 in their call for fully accessible public post-secondary education.


SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

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