Ontario families can’t afford post-secondary tuition increase: NDP
QUEEN’S PARK — Following the announcement of another tuition increase for Ontario students, London-Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong asked Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities why the Liberal government continues to make post-secondary education less affordable.
“Today, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced a new tuition framework that will once again see our colleges and university students watch their tuition fees increase by 3% to 5% every year for the next four years,” said Armstrong. “We know that Ontario students are paying the highest tuition fees in the country. Can the minister explain how increasing fees will help the youth of this province afford the education they need?”
According to a Bank of Montreal report, average undergraduate fees in the early 1990s in Canada were $1,464. Today, they are $5,581. And a child born in Canada today could pay more than $140,000 for a four-year university degree.
“Under their watch, the Liberals have allowed tuition fees to increase by more than 70% in Ontario, while they continue to ignore the rising cost of tuition as a barrier to post-secondary education,” said Armstrong. “The people of London who are facing a 9.2% unemployment rate can ill afford those costs.”
Ontario university students are paying the highest tuition fees in the country while receiving the least per-student investment..