NS offsets drop in 2013-14 university operating grants with University Excellence and Innovation Program

October 12, 2012

The Nova Scotia government announced Friday that the 2013-14 operating grants to universities will total $314 million. The amount is approximately $10 million below last year's distribution; however, the government has allocated $10 million in funding from the University Excellence and Innovation Program, leaving universities with the same overall funding. The $25-million program supports partnerships between universities that help identify areas to reduce costs, expand inter-university cooperation, and foster innovation and educational excellence. The Canadian Federation of Students argues that the operating grant decrease -- which follows funding cuts of 3% in 2012-13 and 4% in 2011-12 -- "will be passed directly onto Nova Scotia students and their families through fee increases and a diminished quality of education." NS News Release | CFS News Release