February 4, 2016

Canada’s Students Present a Pathway to Eliminating Tuition

Canada’s Students Present a Pathway to Eliminating Tuition

OTTAWA- A paper released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives outlines a clear path towards accessible post-secondary education in Canada. Eliminating Tuition and Compulsory Fees for Post-Secondary Education provides a plan for how Canada can ensure a strong future with progressive policies.

“Investments in education are a sure bet in a rapidly changing economy,” said Bilan Arte, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “Students have heard from MPs and Senators about their support for fully funded public education, and this paper supports students’ plan in achieving that goal.”

In nearly 200 meetings with politicians, Canada’s students are presenting their priorities ahead of the 2016 federal budget including drafting a Post-Secondary Education Act that would create a cost-sharing program between federal and provincial levels of government to eliminate undergraduate tuition fees in Canada.

“Students have been sounding the alarm on rising tuition fees, student debt and youth unemployment for years,” said Arte, “Fully-funded public post-secondary education is not only possible, but a holistic solution to an inefficient system. Research like that of the CCPA reinforces that truth.”

Student representatives from all regions of Canada and all levels of study will be available to speak with the media between February 1 and 5.

The technical paper can be viewed here.

The lobby document titled “Public Education for the Public Good” can be viewed here.

For more information: Sarah McCue, Communications Coordinator 613-797-6626 or s.mccue@cfs-fcee.ca

The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.