HALIFAX—Students will be looking to today’s Throne Speech for the Nova Scotia government to signal it’s ready to finally increase the accessibility of post-secondary education in the province. Since being elected in 2013, the Liberal government has allowed tuition fees to increase by 17%, the fastest rate of increase in Canada.

“With tuition fees increasing 7 times faster than the rate of inflation, pursuing a post-secondary education is often not an option for students across Nova Scotia,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “The participation rate of Nova Scotians pursuing higher education in Nova Scotia is dropping, and this is concrete evidence that tuition fees are not only indebting a generation of learners, they are an upfront barrier to access.”

Earlier this morning, the Canadian Federation of Students released a policy paper demonstrating the feasibility of eliminating tuition fees in Canada. This paper outlines Canada’s ability to join the ranks of over 40 countries around the world that currently offer tuition-free models of post-secondary education.

“Students have done the work to prove that free post-secondary education is affordable in Canada,” said Kiddell. “Now all we need is political will. Students are ready to work with government to make our vision a reality.”

A public consultation conducted by the Nova Scotia government in 2014 found that a plurality of Nova Scotians support moving towards a model of free post-secondary education in the province, and 60% of Nova Scotians would pay higher taxes if it meant reducing tuition fees. Student will be welcoming MLAs back to the legislature today with a giant invoice, calling on them to invest in accessible post-secondary education.

The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.

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For more information: Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 580-5735, chairperson@cfs-ns.ca

 

 

Students looking for bold leadership on post-secondary education in today’s Throne Speech