Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario University Workers' Coordinating Committee (OUWCC)

Ontario University Workers' Coordinating Committee (OUWCC)

July 15, 2014 06:00 ET

Ontario's twice-tabled budget a double dose of campus disappointment, CUPE leaders warn

Lowest per capita post-secondary funding in Canada shouldn't be Premier's point of pride

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - As it did when it was first tabled ten weeks ago, the Provincial Budget, tabled yesterday in Ontario's Legislature, continues to shortchange students, staff and the communities that host the province's universities, local and provincial leadership from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) warned today.

"The Wynne government has now tabled the same budget twice, and that's a double dose of disappointment for students, their families, as well as our members," said Janice Folk-Dawson, chair of the Ontario University Workers' Coordinating Committee (OUWCC), which speaks for university workers represented by CUPE in Ontario.

"When this budget was tabled May 1, it failed our universities and the students, families, staff and communities that rely on them. Now, ten weeks later, the vision outlined for post-secondary education in the same budget remains a failure of chronic underfunding," she added.

Despite the government's own reports recognizing that post-secondary education funding needs to rise between three-and-five per cent just to maintain the 'status quo', the budget only provides a one per cent increase across the sector.

The net result, says Henri Giroux, CUPE Ontario Vice-President in North Bay, will be "more layoffs and a further erosion of quality post-secondary education across Ontario and here in Northern Ontario region." Students and staff at Nipissing University continue to deal with the effects of staff layoffs; most recently, in 2009, when ten positions were eliminated, negatively impacting the quality of life and education on campus.

Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario, urged the government to adequately fund Ontario's universities.

"Having the lowest per capita funding for post-secondary education shouldn't be a point of pride," said Hahn, adding, "the only way for Premier Wynne to keep her promises to build Ontario up, while balancing the budget and without making cuts to public services, is to make profitable corporations pay their fair share by fully restoring the corporate tax rate."

Contact Information

  • Fred Hahn
    CUPE Ontario President
    (416) 540-3979

    Janice Folk-Dawson
    OUWCC President
    (519) 766-8376

    Henri Giroux
    CUPE Ontario Vice-President
    (705) 471-7746

    Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications
    (416) 821-6641