TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario students are pleased by the 2013
Ontario Budget's commitment of $295 million over two years towards
addressing youth employment and are encouraged by the Budget's
continued commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education
through expanded enrolment. However, students believe that the Budget
should have had a stronger focus on improving post-secondary education,
recognizing the value of post-secondary education to Ontario's economy.
In OUSA's 2013 Budget submission Unlocking Student Potential: The Key to
Ontario's Success, students recommended that the government invest in a
student employment strategy to address students' need for high quality
employment in four areas. "Students recommended that a strategy address
the need for improved opportunities for summer employment, in-study
employment, experiential learning opportunities, and better job
prospects upon graduation," said Alysha Li, President of the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "We appreciate the government's
commitment to working with youth to design the Youth Jobs Strategy, and
hope that it will address students' employment needs in these areas."
OUSA's Budget submission also recommended that the government mandate
significant improvements in credit transfer, to reduce costs incurred
through learning duplication for both the government and students.
"While the Budget remains silent on the issue of credit transfer, we
will continue to work with the government to ensure that Ontario speed
progress on improving student mobility," continued Li.
Although students appreciate the commitment to youth employment and
enrolment growth, the 2013 Ontario Budget still fails to address the
fact that Ontario universities operate with the lowest per-student
funding in the country. "Students hope that in future years the Budget
will demonstrate a more focused commitment to improving the
affordability, accessibility, accountability and quality of Ontario's
post-secondary system. For Ontario to maximize the value of our higher
education system to our economic growth, we must ensure post-secondary
becomes a higher priority for the province," said Rylan Kinnon,
Executive Director of OUSA.
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 145,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at eight member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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