Students in Ottawa to Call on Government to Cut Student Debt, Make Education More Affordable
Canadian Federation of Students
Monday, October 22, 2012
Students from across Canada are in Ottawa this week to present MPs and Senators with their vision for improving the quality and accessibility of public post-secondary education.
"With record high levels of student debt and youth unemployment, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure that post-secondary education is accessible in every province," said Adam Awad, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "We need a national plan for post-secondary education to address high tuition fees and the growing crisis of student debt across the country."
Over the past 20 years tuition fees in Canada have increased by over 200 per cent. Tuition fee levels vary widely from province to province with students in Newfoundland and Labrador paying less than one-third of those in Ontario. High tuition fees have resulted in more students taking on larger debt loads to make ends meet. This past year, almost 425,000 students were forced to take out government loans in order to attend college or university. In total, students and graduates owe $15 billion in student loans to the federal government and billions more to provincial governments and private lenders.
Students applaud Selinger Government's move to ban the bottle
Put health and environment first
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
The Canadian Federation of Students–Manitoba congratulates the Selinger Government for joining with students and public water advocates to reject bottled water and embrace a healthier, more ecological, and more economical alternative: tap water.
"By ending the purchase of small, single-use bottles of drinking water, the Manitoba government is taking a step in the right direction," said Marakary Bayo, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Manitoba. "Water from the tap has been shown to be cheaper, safer, and better for the environment than bottled water."
As student debt surpasses $15 billion, tuition fees continue to rise
OTTAWA—More than 90% of university students will be paying higher tuition fees this fall, according to a report released today by Statistics Canada. This follows the news that the Government of Canada expects federal student debt to surpass $15 billion this fall.
Government of Canada expects student loan debt to surpass $15 billion this month
Thursday, September 02, 2010
The total value of student loans owed to the federal government will surpass $15 billion this September, according to a regulatory change filed by Diane Finley, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC).