TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Students welcome the Government of Ontario's
announcement of increased financial support for international students
in the form of 75 new PhD scholarships and reject the Progressive
Conservative petition calling for these funds to be redirected.
"International students are an important part of Ontario's
post-secondary student body, and they deserve assistance in completing
their studies," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "The petition launched by the
Progressive Conservatives unfairly pits international students against
domestic students and ignores the fact that, as a result of Ontario's
excessive tuition fee increases, all students are in need of more
assistance, regardless of their status."
Ontario students pay the highest tuition fees in Canada. Average
domestic tuition fees for undergraduate students are $6,300 and $9,500
for graduate students. International students pay on average $18,000
for one year, and must pay for additional services, such fees to cover
services of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Upwards of eighty
percent of the 38,000 international students at Ontario's colleges and
universities stay in Canada after they complete their studies.
"Most international students are future Canadians and Tim Hudak should
demand that the upfront costs of all students be reduced, rather than
making support conditional on their current citizenship status," said
Kimalee Phillip, Chairperson of the Ontario Graduate Caucus. "Each
international student actually saves Ontario tax payers more than
$150,000, since their primary and secondary schooling happened outside
of Canada. For Ontarians, a system that encourages and supports
international students is win-win."
Students have called on Premier Dalton McGuinty to ensure that the new
scholarships be available to international students based on financial
need, regardless of country of origin. These scholarships should also
be divided equitably across academic disciplines and schools to assist
students studying a broad range of programs.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students studying at
public post-secondary institutions across the province.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information: For further information:
Sandy Hudson, Ontario Chairperson: 416-925-3825
Joel Duff, Organiser: 416-925-3825 or 416-707-0349 (cell)