Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

January 18, 2005 09:30 ET

Family Background a Factor in Access to Education

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2005) - Family background goes a long way to determining access to post-secondary education, according to a study released today by Statistics Canada. Students from rural and First Nations backgrounds in particular have low participation rates versus their peers.

"A lack of attention to the diverse needs of students has created insurmountable barriers to post-secondary education for many Canadians," said George Soule, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "This study underscores the need to make access to university and college a national priority."

The study, entitled Who Goes? The Direct and Indirect Effects of Family Background on Access to Post-secondary Education, examines a series of family characteristics suspected of being predictors of post-secondary education participation.

"Until there is a serious commitment by the federal government and the provinces to reduce tuition fees and student debt, post-secondary education will remain out of reach for many Canadians," said Soule.

The Canadian Federation of Students is calling on provincial governments to work together with the federal government to improve access to post-secondary education by increasing funding, reducing user fees, and implementing a national system of needs-based grants.

The Canadian Federation of Students is composed of more than 75 university and college students' unions, uniting one half million students from St. John's to Victoria. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927. IN: EDUCATION, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Ian Boyko, Campaigns Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Students
    Primary Phone: 613-232-7394 ext. 22
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-6162