Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

January 31, 2005 08:45 ET

Students Call For Collaboration on Post-Secondary Education Funding

Finance Ministers Meet With Goodale Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2005) - The Canadian Federation of Students is urging provincial governments to work with the federal government to develop a vision for long-term funding of post-secondary education. Provincial and territorial ministers of finance are meeting with federal Finance Minister Ralph Goodale today in Ottawa, and post-secondary education is expected to be on the agenda.

"With the health care accord signed, post-secondary education funding must be the next federal-provincial project," said George Soule, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Successfully tackling problems like soaring tuition fees and student debt will require putting jurisdictional squabbles aside."

However, increased federal transfers are only part of the equation. The federal government and the provinces must also establish joint goals for reducing tuition fees and increasing quality at universities and colleges, a point that Federation representatives stressed with Minister Goodale at a meeting in December. Students will take to the streets in several provinces this week to reinforce that message.

"Both levels of government share a responsibility to improve access and reduce student debt," said Soule. "Indiscriminate federal spending will lead to uneven development and mixed results. Increased funding should be delivered in a dedicated transfer payment and be guided by a Post-Secondary Education Act."

During the 2004 federal election, Prime Minister Paul Martin told students on national television that post-secondary education deserves its own federal transfer payment. He also stated that the annual value of such a transfer should reach $7 to $8 billion, approximately double the current value of cash transfers for post-secondary education.

The Canadian Federation of Students is composed of more than 75 university and college students' unions, uniting over 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
    E-mail: campaigns@cfs-fcee.ca