tops3: therecord: logoWhen it comes to paying for the education they need to get on with their lives, Ontario’s college and university students are maxed out. Since 2006, tuition fees have risen by five per cent a year, forcing distraught students to dig themselves ever deeper into a debt hole and prompting them to cry out with increasing volume that enough is enough. To his credit, Ontario’s new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Brad Duguid, is listening. And although he’s unlikely to freeze tuition, as many student leaders unreasonably demand, he appears poised to hold future increases below five per cent — possibly to one per cent on top of the rate of inflation.
That step would be an appropriate one, yet it will have to be followed by more movement by the Liberal government. While the average university undergraduate paid $4,933 a year in 2005-06, by the start of the current school year, that payout had risen to $7,180 — an increase that dwarfs any rise in inflation. Ontario’s tuition is now by far the most expensive in Canada. Read more...