OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - - Students from Algoma University,
Nipissing University, Laurentian University and Lakehead University are
speaking with Members of Parliament and Senators this week about the
issues facing students and youth in Northern Ontario. The meetings are
part of the Canadian Federation of Students' National Lobby Week.
"In addition to paying the highest tuition fees in the country, Northern
Ontario students must also contend with high transportation and food
costs and fewer job opportunities than in other regions," said Corey
Grist, Northern Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario and Vice-President External of the Nipissing
University Students' Union. "By reducing tuition fees and tackling the
student debt crisis, the federal government could positively impact
Northern Ontario students and communities."
Students in Ontario pay almost three times what students in Newfoundland
and Labrador pay for a university education. High tuition fees have
lead to a growing gap between the number of people in Northern Ontario
who have a university degree compared to the rest of the province.
Between 1996 and 2006, the difference between the percentage of people
in Northern Ontario who had a university degree and the overall
percentage in the province increased from 6.2 per cent to almost 9 per
Students are recommending establishing a Post-Secondary Education Act,
modelled on the Canada Health Act that would ensure equitable access to
affordable post-secondary education across the country. As well,
students are calling on the federal government to reduce federal
student debt by half.
"With the Ontario government refusing to make affordable college and
university education a priority, students need federal leadership to
tackle high tuition fees and mounting student debt," said Grist.
"Without it, students and young people in Northern Ontario will be left
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
students including students at Algoma University, Collège Boréal,
Lakehead University, Laurentian University and Nipissing University.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
For more information or to schedule an interview with a student representative:
Kaley Kennedy, Government Relations Coordinator (Ontario): 647-302-3891