PSE Act part of NDP platform

April 11, 2011

As outlined in his party's election platform, announced Sunday, NDP leader Jack Layton pledges to make higher education more affordable with a designated $800-million transfer to the provinces and territories to lower tuition fees, as per the party's proposed Post Secondary Education Act. An NDP government would boost funding in the Canada Student Grants Program by $200 million annually, targeting accessibility for Aboriginal students, students with disabilities, and low-income students. The party promises to raise the education tax credit from $4,800 a year to $5,760 a year. As part of its plan to invest in more family doctors and nurses, the NDP states that, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, it would establish programs aimed at recruiting and supporting low-income, rural, and Aboriginal medical students. NDP Platform