Increased operating grants, tuition freeze subject of OCUFA's pre-budget submission

February 2, 2011

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations recommends the province invest an extra $300 million a year for 4 years in university operating grants, for a total new investment of $1.2 billion by 2015. OCUFA calls on the province to freeze tuition fees immediately, and to give institutions compensatory funding for lost projected tuition fee revenue. Other recommendations include providing $100 million annually for 4 years in permanent funding for campus facility renewal, and an additional $50 million a year in the Ontario Research Fund specifically for operating transfers in support of basic research. The report states the province should ensure proposals for expanded credit transfer, the Ontario Online Institute, and the plan to recruit foreign students are funded to ensure student success. Read the pre-budget submission