Ontario caps tuition fee increases at 3%

March 28, 2013

The Ontario government will cap tuition fee increases at 3% on average over the next 4 years, down from the 5% cap that had made them the fastest-growing in Canada. The new guidelines apply to undergraduate students, while graduate students and those in professional schools will see increases of an average of 5%, down from 8% over the past 7 years. The new rates are lower than what PSE institutions had said they need to fund a top quality system, but higher than what student organizations said was affordable. Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid says the new cap is meant to be roughly 1% above the rate of inflation, which has averaged at about 2% over the past decade. Duguid says the province will move to tackle the practice of "flat fees," in which institutions charge full tuition for students whether or not they take a full course load. Students have called this unfair, and the minister says the government should find an appropriate solution by fall 2014. Ontario News Release | Toronto Star | Globe and Mail