For Immediate Release

March 22, 2017

HALIFAX—Budget 2017 makes important investments in Indigenous learners and student grants, but fails to address the chronic underfunding of post-secondary institutions or skyrocketing tuition fees in Canada. The budget invests $90 million in the Post-Secondary Student Support Program that funds Indigenous learners pursuing higher education.

“Today’s investment in the Post-Secondary Student Support Program is long overdue and students will continue to work to ensure every Indigenous learner is able to access post-secondary education,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “New investments in student grants, research, co-op education, and restrictions on unpaid internships will also help students in Canada.”

The budget did not address the upfront costs students face trying to pursue a post-secondary education, or the $28 billion in student debt that Canadians hold. This year, students have been calling on the Federal Government to restore a $2.29 billion dedicated post-secondary funding transfer that was cut in 1996.

“This is a missed opportunity for the Federal Government to address the chronic underfunding of our post-secondary education system through a dedicated transfer for higher education and a Post-Secondary Education Act,” said Kiddell. “With tuition fees increasing 4 times faster than inflation in Nova Scotia, federal action is needed now.”

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.

For more information:

Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 580-5735,



Budget 2017 makes important investments but fails to address chronic underfunding and skyrocketing fees in post-secondary education