NDP Key Commitment: Remove Barriers to Post-Secondary Education & Training

    A Fair Deal: Roll Back & Freeze Tuition Fees, Scrap Apprenticeship Fees

    OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton says no
one should be denied the chance to go to college, university or take an
apprenticeship because they can't afford it. Speaking at the Ontario Sheet
Workers Training Centre in Oakville, Hampton outlined his fifth key commitment
working families can count on: rolling back and freezing tuition fees and
scrapping apprenticeship fees.
    "Before the last election Dalton McGuinty promised to scrap classroom
fees for apprentice. Yet another broken promise," said Hampton. "Fairness
means making sure working families can help send their children to a
post-secondary institution without both parents and students facing crippling
    Dalton McGuinty broke his promise to eliminate in-class fees for
apprenticeship students. The fees average $400 a session, and in many cases,
apprentices take five in-class sessions, which means paying more than $2,000.
Howard Hampton and the NDP will eliminate those fees and put more money back
into the pockets of the 90,000 enrolled in apprentice programs.
    Ontario tuition fees are now well above the national average and going to
get a lot higher. Some working parents just can't afford to send their kids to
college or university. Ontario students are graduating with the highest
average post-secondary education debt in the country - a staggering $22,700.
The NDP Fair Deal for Students would freeze tuition fees at pre-McGuinty
levels. For the average Ontario undergraduate university student, this will
mean a reduction in annual tuition of about $460.
    "Dalton McGuinty is out of touch with hard-working families struggling to
give their kids a better future. New Democrats will make sure that students
aren't deprived of the college, university or apprenticeship studies they want
because they can't afford it," Hampton said. "That's a commitment you can
count on."

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