Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

January 17, 2005 23:59 ET

The JCCM Applauds Government Measures to Relieve the Financial Burden on Students

MONTREAL, Jan. 17 - The Jeune Chambre de commerce de
Montréal (JCCM) applauds the creation of the "Reimbursement proportional to
revenue" program to allow students to more easily finance their studies.

The JCCM discussed this issue among others in the brief it prepared
called Quel financement pour nos universités? (What about our university
financing?). This was presented to the Quebec Education Commission during the
public consultation process on issues related to the quality, accessibility
and financing of Quebec universities, and it suggested the implementation of a
measure of this nature.

"We are really happy to see that such a measure is being implanted," said
Patrice Borreman, president of the JCCM. "A program such as this was part of
the conditions that we considered to be essential to allow an increase of the
tuition fees to contribute to the financial health of our institutions,
without limiting the access to same."

In its brief, the JCCM emphasized that accessibility to a university
education should depend only on a student's ability and aptitude, and not be
related to his or her financial capacity. It also stated that tuition costs
should not become a barrier to a university education.

Furthermore, the JCCM position paper outlined that on one hand, there
should be a proportional adjustment to the current Quebec government grants
and loans program in order to continue to guarantee financial support to those
students who would not have the means to cover such an increase in tuition
fees. On the other hand, it also supported the proportional reimbursement of
student loans in the Ministry of Education's grants and loans program.

The government's recent measure, therefore, is consistent with the
recommendation of the JCCM and appears to take into account the very real need
of being responsive to educational financing, an issue that is of importance
to a considerable number of young Quebecers.

About the JCCM

The JCCM is an association of young executives, professionals,
entrepreneurs and self-employed business people under the age of 40. Founded
in 1931, it represents some 1,500 members, whose average age is 33, making it
the largest junior chamber of commerce in North America. The JCCM is a premier
meeting place for those who want to make a difference and take active part in
the discussions that shape the future of society.

Contact Information

  • Olivier Champion, Communications director,
    JCCM, (514) 845-4951, ext. 24,