College funding in need of review, says Cambrian president

April 30, 2012

Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard says she supports French colleges, but wants the Ontario government to take a closer look at how it distributes funding for colleges. Cambrian is cutting programs and staff, while Collège Boréal, which receives twice as much per-student funding as Cambrian, will distribute iPads to all first-year students this fall. Boréal president Denis Hubert-Dutrisac notes that the $500,000 for the iPads comes not from operating grants but from fundraising. He says there are several reasons Boréal receives more provincial funding, one of which is that enrolment figures have been increasing. Translating textbooks and having small campuses across Ontario means francophone education is more expensive, Hubert-Dutrisac says. Even though Boréal gets more funding, Hubert-Dutrisac says the institution thinks like a business with regard to maximizing revenue from parking and book sales, and expanding to new cities.  He says Boréal laid off some 50 employees a few years ago, and plans to cut back photocopying and staff travel this year. CBC