Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

May 04, 2005 12:07 ET

Federally Funded Tuition Fee Reductions Welcomed

Attention: Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2005) - The final budget agreement between Prime Minister Paul Martin and NDP Leader Jack Layton about post-secondary education provides hope for students and their families, according to the Canadian Federation of Students.

"Provincial governments that have refused to reduce tuition fees have now run out of excuses," said George Soule, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "The Martin-Layton deal ensures that the funding will be available for provinces who are willing to take steps to make post-secondary education more accessible to low- and middle-income families."

The deal will allocate up to $1.5 billion to the provinces if an agreement can be reached about reducing tuition fees. Tuition fees at Canada's public universities and colleges have more than doubled since the federal Liberals took power in 1993. Statistics Canada has reported that finances are cited as the most significant barrier to students shut out of post-secondary education.

An Ipsos-Reid poll conducted immediately prior to the tabling of the 2005 federal budget reported that behind health care, post-secondary education was the highest priority of Canadians.

"This agreement responds to a key priority for Canadians. Members of Parliament who oppose this legislation for their own short-term political gain should instead put their constituents' issues first," concluded Soule.
/For further information: Secondary Contact: Ian Boyko, Government Relations Officer--(613) 232-7394 ext. 22/ IN: EDUCATION, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • George Soule, National Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students
    Primary Phone: 613-232-7394 ext. 21
    Secondary Phone: 613-282-5307