CCPA releases tool to compare tuition data for last 40 years

April 16, 2014

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has created an interactive online tool that allows users to see how tuition costs have changed over the years and to compare provincial and program data. CCPA used tuition data from Statistics Canada to populate the tool, allowing comparisons over the last 40 years. CCPA also compared the number of hours a student would have to work at minimum wage in order to pay tuition in each province, finding that the average has increased nearly 2.5 times since 1975. Tuition for professional degree programs has seen the largest increases, with dentistry, law, and medicine seeing the largest jumps in tuition and necessary minimum-wage hours worked. “Tuition is always a concern,” said Paul Davidson, President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. “But we have to make sure that we have an education system that’s well-funded, that’s high-quality, and delivers the results that students and their parents expect.” CBC CCPA website