TORONTO, March 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario students are deeply concerned about the Ontario government's plans to divest the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission.
"College and university students in Ontario's North rely on the services of the Ontario Northlander Transportation Commission," said Mike Snoddon, Northern Ontario Commissioner of the Canadian Federation of Students. "This decision will further exacerbate already limited travel options for students traveling from home to Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, New Liskeard, Timmins, North Bay or towns with satellite campuses."
"Dalton McGuinty has increased tuition fees by up to 71 per cent since 2006, forcing Ontario students to pay thousands more in tuition fees than students in other provinces," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Winding down the Ontario Northlander Transportation Commission will mean that students will have to pay even more in transportation costs to be able to study in Ontario's North, further straining the accessibility of post-secondary education and preventing many students from Southern Ontario from considering attending colleges or universities in Northern Ontario."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000 students in all regions of Ontario, including at every university in Northern Ontario.
For further information:
Mike Snoddon, Northern Ontario Commissioner, Canadian Federation of Students, 807-629-4541
Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinato, Canadian Federation of Students, 416-846-6672