Ontario poverty report touches on tuition fees, university operating revenue

August 29, 2012

Yesterday the Ontario Common Front -- a coalition of more than 90 provincial groups and organizations -- released a report indicating that Ontario leads in poverty increases and is at the bottom of the pack when it comes to equality and social programs. The report notes that in Ontario, university operating revenue from government sources dropped from 82% in 1979 to 49.5% in 2009, whereas tuition fees rose from 16% of operating revenue to 44.5%. According to Statistics Canada, tuition fees in Ontario are the most expensive in Canada. The report notes that the cost of undergraduate tuition has grown markedly over the past 20 years, increasing by more than 200%. Over the same period, inflation rose by just 41%. University tuition costs grew the fastest in Ontario (+247% in 2010-11) and the slowest in Newfoundland and Labrador (+70%). Between 2010 and 2012, Ontario had the largest jump in university tuition fees in the country. Ontario Common Front News Release | Report