TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Ministry of Finance released the
2014 Ontario Budget: "Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future". The
release of the budget does not present many surprises to Ontario's
The 2014 Ontario Budget includes a reaffirmation of Ontario's commitment
to achieving a 70% postsecondary attainment rate. This is to be reached
through funding for Ontario Online, a continuing commitment to improve
the Credit Transfer system, and expanded funding to address critical
deferred maintenance issues in Ontario's PSE sector.
"In order to address the challenges facing the province of Ontario's
labour market and economy, we must strengthen the Ontario college
system," says Katryna McKenna, Vice President of the College Student
Alliance. "Ontario's college students recognize the challenges of
balancing fiscal restraint with the need to maintain quality and
improve access to a post-secondary education in Ontario. The CSA will
continue to work with the government of Ontario in the pursuit of
sustaining an accessible, affordable, and transferable college system."
In the College Student Alliance's 2014 pre-budget submission, "Focus on
Student Success," college students asked for further expansion of the
30% Off Ontario Tuition Program, an increase in per-student funding to
meet the national average, and to phase out Tuition Tax Credits in
favor of up-front grants. The Ontario 2014 Budget does not address
these issues directly, but did confirm continued funding to the 30% Off
Ontario Tuition Program and an overall sector growth rate of 1% or $0.2
billion between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
The budget promises $42 million over 3 years to fund the creation of
Ontario Online, a Centre of Excellence for Online Learning, which will
be fully operational and begin online course offerings in 2015-16. The
Ontario Online initiative includes a focus on student mobility, also
identified as a budget item. A $500 million commitment to critical
deferred maintenance issues on Ontario Campuses over the next 10 years
comes as a response to the backlog of maintenance issues plaguing the
sector. Increasing to $40 million in 2015-16, this increased funding is
a welcome investment in the sustainability of our campuses and the
quality of the Ontario student experience.
"In order to improve upon the quality and accessibility of the college
sector, post-secondary education must remain a funding priority', says
Tyler Epp, Director of Advocacy for the CSA. "This year's budget will
assist prospective and current college students in attaining the skills
required for a successful career, therefore lending support to
Ontario's economic stability."
For more information on the College Student Alliance's pre-budget
submission, visit: www.collegestudentalliance.ca.
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy organization, which
has been proudly serving Ontario's college students since 1975. The CSA
currently represents 15 colleges and 21 student councils with over
130,000 full-time student members throughout the province.
SOURCE: College Student Alliance
For further information:
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance
College Student Alliance