McGuinty delivers for students and Ontario

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is delivering for
Ontario's college and university students in today's budget with improvements
to the affordability of postsecondary education, and building a stronger and
more prosperous Ontario with a $1.5 billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan, says
the College Student Alliance (CSA).
    "College and college/university students welcome the Textbook and
Technology Grant that will start to ease the pressures felt by the growing
cost of obtaining a postsecondary education," says Tyler Wiles, President of
the College Student Alliance. "As the cost and demand for highly educated
workers goes up, so does the pressure for students to not only make ends meet
but to persist."
    The 2008 Ontario Budget commits $150 per student in 2008-09 to lower the
cost for full-time college and university students, with the new Textbook and
Technology Grant growing to $300 per student in 2010-11. Students living in
rural and remote areas of the province will now benefit with the introduction
of a new Distance Grant to assist with the transportation costs.
    "The skills and training of our citizens must be a focus and priority if
Ontario is going to compete with the best in the world," adds Wiles.
    With the Skills to Jobs Action Plan and the Second Career Strategy being
the centrepiece of today's budget, the government has made it clear to all
Ontarians that it is taking the pending skills shortage seriously. Second
Career Strategy will help 20,000 unemployed workers make the transition to new
careers and well-paying jobs in growing areas of the economy.
    "The McGuinty government has recognized that through the education and
training of our citizens, we can build a strong economy that will allow
Ontario to compete with the best in the world," says Tyler Charlebois,
Director of Advocacy. "Ontario possesses the human capital to tackle this
challenge and with today's commitments and investments, Ontario will have a
fighting chance."
    Students applaud the government for hearing the calls from students and
other partners in Ontario's Workforce Shortage Coalition to address the skills

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 109,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, C:
(416) 346-9951, E:; Tyler Wiles, President, C: (519)
566-7211, E:

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