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The newest StatsCan data on tuition

October 9, 2008

underscores the need for a federal post-secondary education act, says the Canadian Federation of Students:

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.”


  1. Noel Baldwin permalink
    October 9, 2008 12:07 pm

    The StatCan release does not have any data on student debt.

  2. October 9, 2008 12:11 pm

    Thanks, Noel; guess I was looking at the news release when I wrote that. Have changed the title of the post.

  3. October 10, 2008 9:31 am

    I’d just like to suggest that when writing about student issues that you look for the reaction from CASA and the NBSA as well. While CFS is a good strong organization, they have the smallest presence of all student organizations in New Brunswick, and the UNBSJ undergraduates are currently members of CASA. Since these three organizations do not necessarily have the same views on all issues, it would give readers a chance to ensure they are getting the full picture.

    Great work on the site!

  4. October 10, 2008 11:04 am

    Thanks, Heather. And you have a point, certainly. Though I should point out that I don’t always go looking for responses to issues; I rely a lot on Google alerts, for example. So I’m wondering if CASA and NBSA are as “out there” as CFS?

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