AB’s new PSE minister vows to restore funding cut in 2013

September 22, 2014

Alberta’s new Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Donald Scott, has pledged to restore the funding to PSE institutions that was cut in the 2013 budget. The province has already restored $82.5 M of the $147 M that was cut in 2013, although some suggest that the funding was not allocated fairly. Scott told Metro News that his first priority as minister has been to meet with student groups from across the province to discuss their concerns, including the possibility of market-based tuition increases. Scott said that the government may extend the deadline for such proposals, but that no decisions would be reached before he took time to look into the issue further. “We want to make sure the young people in this province have great access to not only postsecondary education, but apprenticeship and technical training. Funding is at the core of that,” Scott said. No timeline was given for the restoration of funds, although Scott did note that it was a top priority for upcoming budget discussions. Metro News