OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - University and college tuition fees rose
almost four-times greater than the rate of inflation this year.
According to data released today by Statistics Canada, tuition fees in
Canada increased by 5% between 2011 and 2012, compared to inflation of
1.3% during the same period.
"Governments are continuing to shift the cost of public education onto
the backs of students and their families," said Adam Awad, National
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "By increasing
tuition fees in a time of economic uncertainty, provincial governments
are further reducing access to education and skills training."
Over the past 20 years tuition fees have increased by 206.9 percent,
while inflation rose 70.1 percent for the same period. Tuition fees are
currently the single largest expense for most university and college
students and are increasing more rapidly than any other cost they face.
Tuition fees vary widely from province to province with students in
Newfoundland and Labrador paying just less than one-third of those in
"Students' willingness, not geography should determine whether they go
to university or college," said Awad. "In the absence of a national
vision for post-secondary education, the federal government cannot
ensure that students across the country have comparable access to
The Canadian Federation of Students has been calling for a
Post-Secondary Education Act that establishes guidelines for funds
transferred to the provinces for post-secondary education. Federal
legislation could ensure accountability and create national standards
for the quality and accessibility of Canada's universities and
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Adam Awad, National Chairperson at 613-232-7394