Ontario PSE stakeholders react to provincial budget

March 28, 2012

The Ontario government's 2012 budget outlines a plan to eliminate the provincial deficit by 2017-18, and among the actions is to extend the pay freeze for executives at hospitals, universities, colleges, school boards, and agencies for another 2 years. The government remains committed to its tuition grant, and plans to introduce measures to boost apprenticeship completion rates. Understanding the tough choices the province has had to make in its budget, the Council of Ontario Universities welcomes the government's continued commitment to support projected enrolment growth. The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations is disappointed with the budget, stating that it effectively cuts university resources while signaling more government intervention in labour relations. Student groups also criticize the budget, in particular cuts to financial aid and capital funding. Ontario News Release | 2012 Ontario Budget: PSE and Training | COU News Release | OCUFA News Release | CFS News Release | CSA News Release | OUSA News Release | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star