TORONTO, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - College and university students in
Ontario are encouraging voters to make post-secondary education a
priority in the five by-elections currently underway in the province.
Students in London and Toronto are speaking to voters today and
tomorrow and students in Ottawa and Windsor will be holding similar
events next week.
"As we enter the eighth year in a row of tuition fee increases, students
are frustrated that the government has not prioritized affordable
college and university education," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "We want voters to make
informed choices about where candidates stand on reducing tuition fees,
addressing record high levels of student debt and improving
post-secondary education in the province."
In March, the Liberal government announced a new tuition fee framework
that allows tuition fees to increase between three and five per cent
every year for the next four years. Students in Ontario already pay the
highest tuition fees in the country and government funding,
per-student, is lower in Ontario than any other province.
According to a recent poll commissioned by the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario and conducted by Harris-Decima, 77 per cent of
Ontarians support reducing tuition fees and 76 per cent would support
implementing a 2 per cent surtax on incomes over $250,000 if it meant
making education more affordable.
"We know students, their families and the broader public support more
affordable and accessible post-secondary education," said Woods.
"Students are reminding our communities to be vocal about that support
when candidates show up on their doorsteps."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents over 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the
province. The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest and
oldest student organization.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Alastair Woods, Chairperson, 647-378-8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaley Kennedy, Communications Coordinator, 647-302-3891 or email@example.com