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Tuition makes Ontario costs highest in Canada, students say

Tuesday, March 12, 2013   by: Staff




Accessibility, affordability, at heart of students' 2013 provincial budget submission

TORONTO, March 12, 2013 - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release its 2013 Ontario Budget Submission.

Unlocking Student Potential: The Key to Ontario's Success includes six low- or cost-neutral recommendations for improving the affordability and accessibility of Ontario's post-secondary education system for students while also increasing economic benefit to Ontario.

"Lowering the cost of tuition is beneficial for both students and Ontario," said Alysha Li, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. "Annual tuition increases of 5 per cent have made Ontario the most expensive place to study in Canada. Not only does this make our higher education system less accessible to students, but it also requires increasingly larger investments into financial aid by the government as the value of these grants, bursaries, and loans quickly erode due to rising costs."

To achieve a tuition framework that is more affordable for students and the government, students recommend that the government freeze tuition for at least one year and increase per-student funding to universities at the rate of inflation to partially compensate.

In the event tuition fees increase in future years, students recommend that they do not increase by more than the rate of inflation as measured by the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

"For a government committed to balancing the budget by 2018, investment in the higher education sector now will result in long-term cost reductions down the road," said Huzaifa Saeed, vice-president finance of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. "Our recommendations for improvements to front-line mental health care on campuses, the creation of a comprehensive youth employment strategy, and increased student mobility between institutions will benefit both students and the provincial economy."

To read OUSA's 2013 Ontario Budget Submission, Unlocking Student Potential: The Key to Ontario's Success, click here.

About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)

OUSA represents the interests of over 155,000 professional and undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member associations across Ontario.


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Moonshiner 3/12/2013 12:20:06 PM Report

Just wait until electricity time of use charges have wreaked there full impact on all goods and services in this province.Everyone is now paying 2 times more for daytime use over low rate ,so unless they shift classes to nightime,tuition has to go up!
Snowdon 3/12/2013 12:28:56 PM Report

But don't worry, the baby boomers got their cheap education and lifetime jobs under wrap, it's the future Canadians that are truly screwed.
frnlak 3/12/2013 1:00:36 PM Report

Snowdon...Are you in some way blaming baby boomers for being born when they were and utilizing the educational and job opertunities of that era ? If so, may I be the first to call you an asshole !
Bill_the_Cat 3/12/2013 1:32:01 PM Report

frnlk: Might I suggest that he is saying the baby boomers--as a demographic--are placing a huge strain on the system. A strain it was never meant to handle. Their parents didn't live long enough to collect benefits; their children won't collect much, if any benefits, upon retirement. As a collective, they are quite the voting bloc, even spread across all parties.

The BBers are probably the only generation to have free education--an experiment in socialism that is disastrously expensive. It can be rejiggered to be affordable by limiting enrollment to those academically gifted, and streaming the rest towards trades. Unfortunately, universities have become a business model. More and more open to compete for government funds and international student money, whilst employing a few academics and many unionised lackeys.

Nunavut 3/12/2013 2:33:05 PM Report

Typical blame the baby boomers , the same baby boom parents that spoiled the brats that are now complaining. The same parents that are taking care of generation x and y much longer under their roofs than the parents of us baby boomers ever did. Buying them cars for gifts etc etc. Meanwhile we typically were out of the house at 19. Also please find me the statistics that us baby boomers had free education. Didn’t happen for me and my siblings and friends. We got summer jobs at minimum wage and saved and or took out student loans and paid them back over time after graduated.
Then when we did get a entry level job we didn’t spend our money on iphones and playstation games and $300 running shoes to destroy each winter because they are to proud to wear boots. We didn’t expect to buy a 2500 sq ft home as our first home, we bought mobile homes or 1000 sq ft modest homes and slowly worked our way up the fixing up house ladder over 25 years to get bigger homes. Any support system is because we paid for it for 30 years , and we paid for our own daycare , we didn’t have EI benefits the way the young folks have, Any strain on the system is because gen y and x want government to fund those daycare and EI and education perks too. Oh and us baby boomers also bit the bullet and went thru extremely expensive mortgage interest rates. So quit the whining Snowdon and Bill Cat, the reason you and others are where you are is because the baby boomers made the mistake of spoiling you from the day you were born……and maybe if you didn’t expect your government to do all those perks (or chase green enviro nutbar dreams) then they could afford to make sure Canada pension and other reasonable support structure are there for you.
Just Curious 3/12/2013 3:24:54 PM Report

Well said,Nunuvut. Agree totally,way too many wanting way too much,and all for free...
Bill_the_Cat 3/12/2013 3:50:56 PM Report

nunavut: I am more your generation than gen x/y. I simply state what I hear. You don't have to be a dbag every day of your life.
Bill_the_Cat 3/12/2013 3:58:06 PM Report

And I agree that the occupy kids want way too much-lazy, feckless, and mollycoddled.

But there is something to be said for large demographic shifts in population. Argentina, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland have all recently nationalised private retirement savings (confiscated) to bolster public retirement funds. Many european countries are looking at this. I know as I guard my euro pension jealously.

It has nothing to do with what you did or did not pay for; but rather how much money we cost the system, and how much we've spent on other projects: skyrocketing public service costs, health care, and education, et al.

I have some sympathy for the younger generations. Some.

Bill_the_Cat 3/12/2013 4:06:58 PM Report

excuse me whilst I chase some kids off my lawn!
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