ON resident suing provincial, national governments for student loan debt inequality

January 15, 2020

A deaf-blind woman in Ontario is in court pressing for changes to the student loan program. Jasmin Simpson argues that the loan program currently forces students who take longer to complete their studies due to their disabilities to graduate with considerably more debt than their able-bodied peers. “I’m not just thinking about myself, I’m thinking about all the people with a disability,” said Simpson. “This sets the precedent for all of them. They all deserve equal access to education and accommodation, and the level of debt owing after graduating with those degrees should be equal for all.” The Government of Canada and Government of Ontario, the defendants in the case, have argued in legal submissions that the program makes allowances for students with disabilities. (ON)Ottawa Citizen