Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

August 10, 2006 11:32 ET

JCCM/Reinvestment in Post-Secondary-Education: "Students and Businesses Must Step Up"

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2006) - The Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montreal (JCCM) agrees with the Quebec government's decision to invest $320 million in post-secondary education over the next three years. However, this reinvestment must be combined with a gradual increase and price indexation of university tuition fees, and the participation of the private sector.

The JCCM believes the creation of a prosperous and competitive society is directly linked to investment in education. "Knowledge is an essential asset for the social and economic development of Quebec. Therefore, post-secondary institutions cannot be deprived of the resources needed to offer students a higher quality education. The government's initiative is a step in the right direction, however much more needs to be done," said France-Eliane Nolet, President of the JCCM.

The JCCM is favourable to a gradual increase of tuition fees up to the Canadian average, and an annual price adjustment according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). "The government and businesses have their share of the responsibility, but the students who benefit directly from these investments must also contribute more in order to maintain and improve the quality of the teaching and infrastructures. Increasing tuition fees will not have a negative impact on the accessibility to higher education but will contribute to reduce the gap," said France-Eliane Nolet.

Along with an increase in tuition fees, the JCCM urges the government to evaluate the Quebec loans and scholarships program to ensure an appropriate funding to students that really need it.

"With the contribution of the Quebec government and the students, businesses will have to do their part in order to ensure the sustainability of the educational system since they also benefit from these reinvestments. To get there, Quebec universities must reach the level of sponsorship and philanthropy of the other Canadian provinces. Everyone must do their part," said France-Eliane Nolet.

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montreal

The JCCM brings together young managers, professionals, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers under the age of 40. Founded in 1931, the organization now has 1,400 members with an average age of 32. The JCCM represents a forum for invaluable exchange among those wishing to invest their energy and actively participate in debates that will impact the future of our society.

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  • Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montreal
    Philippe Gillard
    Communication Officer
    (514) 845-4951, ext.26
    pgillard@jccm.org