Victory for Canadian Federation of Students' Grants Campaign

    Federal Government Must Directly Administer Grants Programme

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Ontario students are pleased that the
beleaguered and ineffective Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation will be
wound down. Students have been lobbying the federal government to replace the
Foundation with a national system of need-based grants administered through
the Canadian Student Loans Program.
    "Allocating money for a Canada Student Grant Programme is a step in the
right direction," said Jen Hassum, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "Students are pleased that a private, third-party foundation
will no longer be passed off as the government's strategy for addressing
student debt."
    Though today's budget allocated money for grants, students caution that
the mistakes of the Millennium Scholarship Foundation must not be repeated.
For years, tens of millions of federal student financial assistance dollars
did not make it into students' pockets because the Province of Ontario ignored
its gentlemen's agreement with the Foundation.
    "The federal government has a responsibility to improve accessibility and
reduce student debt," said Hassum. "Grants for students must be administered
directly by the federal government. If delivery of this programme is left up
to the provinces, we risk repeating the same mistakes that were made with the
Millennium Scholarship Foundation."

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students and more than 35 students' unions throughout the

For further information:

For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 832-9073 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 707-0349 (cell); Ken Marciniec, Communications Coordinator,
CFS-Ontario: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 803-6066 (cell)

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