Canadian Universities: Lower Tuition Costs

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According to Statistics Canada, tuition prices for undergraduate programs in the 2017-2018 year have jumped an average 3.1%.

The average tuition has decreased to $6,571, depending on the program, from $6,375 in the 2016-2017 year.

Rising tuition costs deny access to low-income Canadian families, especially those from Indigenous communities, and leave many with a mortgage-sized debt.

Charlotte Kiddell, deputy chair of the Canadian Federation of Students, claims that “When post-secondary education is essential to pursue a decent quality of life, it's absurd that people should be denied that opportunity based on costs. Seventy percent of new jobs in Canada require some form of post-secondary education and it is perpetuating a cycle of poverty to prevent the most marginalized in our communities from accessing education that should be a right."

Canadian tuition has tripled in the last 20 years and is expected to continue to rise. This increase is approximately 35% in Newfoundland and Labrador to 248% in Ontario.

The government should reduce tuition fees because it will make education more affordable to Canadian and international students, financial barriers to education negatively impact Canada’s economy, and higher education is increasingly becoming a standard job requirement.

Canada should have a federal regulation system dedicated to federal transfers for post-secondary education, similar to health care.

Costs should never be a barrier to education and it is expected that universities make responsible financial decisions that are in the best interest of their students.

 References:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/statscan-university-tuition-1.4276740

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/09/ccpacanadian-tuition-fees-increase_n_8112118.html

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/five-reasons-why-you-should-support-move-low-tuition-fees-canada



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