Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

October 09, 2008 09:07 ET

Tuition Fees Report Underscores Need for National Leadership

Fees rise despite federal funding increases

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - Tuition fees and student debt are on the rise again, highlighting the need for national legislation to ensure the quality and affordability of post-secondary education, says the Canadian Federation of Students. According to new data published today by Statistics Canada, average undergraduate tuition fees increased by 3.6% in fall 2008 despite $800 million in new federal funding to the provinces for post-secondary education.

"In the absence of a Post-Secondary Education Act, the federal government's latest education investment has had no impact for most Canadian students," said Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Canadians deserve to see a benefit from these federal investments, but without legislation similar to the Health Act, federal post-secondary education funding is going to waste."

Health care -- another shared jurisdiction -- is partially funded by the federal government and guided by the Canada Health Act, which provides a clear vision for the program.

The Canadian Federation of Students has been calling for a Post-Secondary Education Act that establishes guidelines for funds transferred to the provinces for post-secondary education. Federal legislation could provide clarity and ensure that families derive a benefit from new federal spending in the area of post-secondary education.

"As the economy continues to slow down, higher education and re-training will be critical to minimising the impact on low- and middle-income families," said Giroux-Bougard. "Canada's economic health depends on affordable post-secondary education."

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation. It is composed of over 80 university and college students' associations with a combined membership of over one half million students.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Federation of Students
    Katherine Giroux-Bougard
    National Chairperson
    613-232-7394 ext. 21
    or
    Canadian Federation of Students
    Ian Boyko
    Government Relations Coordinator
    613-232-7394 ext. 22