HALIFAX—Yesterday, the Nova Scotia government announced a $1.3 million investment in colleges and the removal of apprenticeship fees for students seeking technical training. The removal of these fees will save apprentices up to $900 per year. Students, who regularly call on the government to invest in post-secondary education in this province, applaud this decision as a progressive step.
“This public investment shows a recognition that the removal of fees is a necessary step to increase access to post-secondary institutions,” said Aidan McNally, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “However, while students welcome this investment and the removal of fees for some students, it is simply not enough.”
The provincial government cited this investment as a part of its strategy to retain and support youth; however, the reality facing students in this province is that of the second highest and fasted rising tuition fees in the country.
“While this public funding will no doubt provide some relief to select increasingly indebted students, it is simply not enough to address the post-secondary crisis in Nova Scotia,” said McNally. “If this government is truly committed to the attraction and retention of young learners and workers in this province, it needs to address chronic underfunding across the sector and ensure access for all.”
Government investment in post-secondary education has failed to increase with inflation since 2010, making this the 6th consecutive year of real funding cuts to the system in Nova Scotia. The Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia supports a public, universal, tuition-free system of post-secondary education for all students in the province, both college and university.
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:
Aidan McNally, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 222-2409