Manitoba maintains commitment of multi-year university funding

April 18, 2012

University of Manitoba president David Barnard welcomes the provincial government's multi-year commitment to sustained university funding in its 2012 budget, tabled Tuesday. In last year's budget, the Manitoba government committed to a 5% increase in university operating grants for 3 years, while capping tuition fee increases at the rate of inflation. "Strong and predictable funding to our universities will ensure academic excellence, affordability for students, more timely completion rates and better recognition of educational experience between institutions," said Manitoba's finance minister in his budget speech. The province is providing additional funds for colleges and remains committed to supporting future college expansion. The government is also planning to boost the number of apprenticeships and provide more rural and northern training opportunities closer to home. The Canadian Federation of Students is critical of the budget, arguing that higher fees and fewer grants and scholarships will further erode PSE access in Manitoba. Budget Speech | uManitoba News Release | CFS News Release