TORONTO, April 11, 2014 /CNW/ -The Ontario Liberal Party is misleading
Ontario voters with new pre-election flyers claiming the Liberal
government has reduced tuition fees by 30 per cent. In fact, tuition
fees have increased by as much as 80 per cent since the Liberals formed
"While the Liberal government continues to mislead the public with
partisan gimmicks, Liberal tuition fee increases mean Ontario students
now pay the highest fees in the country," said Alastair Woods,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "The
Liberals are being dishonest with voters about the real impacts of
their government's policies: record high tuition fees and student
Average undergraduate and graduate tuition fees in Ontario are the
highest in the country and the Ontario government spends less per
student than any other provincial government. By the end of the current
tuition fee framework in 2016-17, tuition fees for some students will
have doubled under the Liberals.
The Ontario Tuition Grant, which the Liberal government claims provides
30 per cent off tuition fees, is a flat rate worth 23 per cent of
average undergraduate tuition fees and as little as 4 per cent of
college tuition fees. Because of the program's significant
restrictions, more than 75 per cent of students could not access the
grant last year.
"Students and youth have been betrayed time and time again by this
Liberal government," said Woods. "Once more, the Liberals are showing
they are more interested in electioneering and political rhetoric than
actually making post-secondary education affordable in Ontario."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the largest student
organization in the province, representing more than 350,000 college,
undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Alastair Woods, Chairperson: 647-378-8942 (cell) or email@example.com
Kaley Kennedy, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: 416-925-3825 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org