Auditor-General finds ON's free-tuition program will cost more than expected

December 7, 2018

Ontario Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk has found that the former Liberal government’s free-tuition scheme could cost $2B annually, 50% more than previous estimates. According to the Star, Lysyk also found little evidence that the scheme has actually helped low-income students, and that the Training, Colleges and Universities Ministry could not determine whether mature students actually need OSAP support because their parents’ incomes are not taken into consideration. “Our government will examine how to restore the financial sustainability of OSAP, so the program is efficient, cost-effective, and helps the students who need it the most,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Merrilee Fullerton. The Star (ON)