Ontario universities call on province to extend existing tuition framework

March 5, 2013

Following a news report that the Ontario government will likely hold tuition fee increases under 5%, the province's universities call on the government to extend the existing tuition framework, at least until the province's budget is balanced and its fiscal capacity allows greater public investment in universities. COU notes that due to funding reductions announced in the 2012 Ontario budget, universities must find additional efficiencies in their operating budgets of more than $40 million in 2013-14 and nearly $80 million the following year. "These cuts, in addition to those that have already been made by universities over the past several years, present a significant challenge to protecting quality," COU states. "To ensure student success and protect the quality of programs and services, universities need stable, predictable and adequate revenue." COU News Release