NB says “no promises” to universities after call for emergency funding

February 23, 2021
NB Minister of Postsecondary education and training Trevor Holder has indicated that he is not willing to commit to providing additional funds after four universities issued a request. The University of New Brunswick, St Thomas University, the University of Moncton and Mount Allison University have requested additional funds totalling $10.6M, citing a decrease in enrolment due to the pandemic. Holder indicated that the additional money would come with “difficult conversations” about the funding of postsecondary education. Green MLA Megan Mitton told CBC that she would encourage NB to provide the funds while People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin expressed reticence based on conversations with students. CBC (NB)