Ontario students urge new minister to recognize higher education as a tool for social and economic development

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
(OUSA) is calling on the new Ontario cabinet to make use of our higher
education system to improve social and economic development, and improve the
collective prosperity of our province.
    High quality and universally accessible universities are absolutely
essential to the social and economic development of Ontario and its citizens.
Given this vital importance, the challenge before the new minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities and the rest of cabinet is to articulate a
provincial system of higher education which serves the ideals of access and
world-class education within very specific economic and political realities.
    Ontario's new cabinet must rise to meet this challenge.
    "Premier McGuinty and Ontario's new cabinet have identified poverty
issues as a priority during this mandate. In order to ensure that every
Ontarian is able to make the most of their potential, Ontario needs larger
investments and continued leadership in the post-secondary sector," said David
Simmonds, President of OUSA.
    Students in Ontario are calling on Minister John Milloy and the cabinet
to see their priorities implemented including:

    -   A broader discussion on the Ontario tuition framework
    -   Implementation of OUSA's 44 recommendations for addressing the gaps
        in student financial assistance
    -   Increased funding to Ontario's universities in order to bring them to
        the national average
    -   Invest in early outreach initiatives aimed at providing access for
        youth from underrepresented groups

    "Success for this province rests on the ability of its citizens to
effectively compete in the knowledge economy. We can only achieve that success
by responding to the challenges the province is facing in the post-secondary
sector. This task requires an unwavering commitment and relentless vigor on
the part of this new government," continued Simmonds.
    For more information on OUSA's current policy and campaign initiatives,
please visit www.ousa.ca.

    OUSA represents the interests of over 125,000 professional and
undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at seven
institutions across the province.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Locke, Executive Director, OUSA, (416)
341-9948, cell: (416) 689-9621; David Simmonds, President, OUSA, (519)
661-3574; Howie Bender, Director of Communications, OUSA, (416) 341-9948

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