Private, for-profit education growing in Canada, says CUPE

August 11, 2010

CUPE members at universities across the country are questioning the decision by administrations to partner with Navitas, allowing the Australia-based education firm to set up private, for-profit programs on their campuses. Navitas has been in Canada since 2006 starting at Simon Fraser University, and in 2008 entered a partnership with the University of Manitoba, whose administration was criticized for negotiating the deal without informing the campus community. Navitas has pursued similar arrangements with McMaster University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Windsor, and is also pursuing a deal with Carleton University. "We can only expect the pressure to grow as Navitas aggressively seeks new markets while its Australian base seems to be in decline," CUPE says. CUPE News