Guaranteed federal funding should ensure quality and accessibility of
education in all provinces.
OTTAWA, April 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA) and provincial partner organizations are calling on all federal
parties to implement a dedicated transfer for post-secondary education
in their platform. The next federal government will be responsible for
renegotiating The Canada Social Transfer, which allocates over $800
million annually for post-secondary education to the provinces and
expires in 2014.
"The federal government plays a central role in funding programs that
aim to improve quality and accessibility of postsecondary education in
Canada," said Zachary Dayler, National Director of CASA. "The federal
and provincial governments must work collaboratively toward a
sustainable funding model that respects provincial and federal
A $4 billion funding gap, which originated in the early nineties as a
result of reduced transfers to the provinces for post-secondary
education, has led to increasingly high tuition fees over the past
fifteen years. In light of this gap, students are the ones that are
forced to assume the burden.
"Many provinces are cutting operating grants to universities and
colleges while tuition fees rise to cover increasing expenses," said
Mark Coffin, Executive Director of the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student
Associations. "Students are paying more and getting less because of
chronic underfunding from the federal government." This issue needs to
be addressed to make quality education affordable for all PSE students.
The partnership of student alliances includes Alberta Students'
Executive Council, the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations,
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the College Student
Alliance, the Council of Alberta University Students, the New Brunswick
Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance,
University of Prince Edward Island Students' Union, and the Alma Mater
Society of the University of British Columbia.
SOURCE CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Marianka Charalambij, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Tel.: 613-236-3457 ext. 224 (c) 613-407-6420