Student aid, skills training subject of Conservative platform

April 8, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released Friday his "Here for Canada" Conservative policy platform, which focuses on 5 key priorities, one of which is job creation. Under this priority, the Conservatives pledge to support students in their education by enhancing the Canada Student Loans Program for part-time students, double the work exemptions for Canada Student Loans, and support research partnerships between university and college researchers and students. As mentioned last week, the Conservative Party would provide loans for recent immigrants to help pay for skills training and accreditation. Other pledges, as outlined in the defeated budget, include establishing 30 Industrial Research Chairs at colleges and polytechnics, establishing 10 additional Canada Excellence Research Chairs, and promoting enrolment in post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and math. Conservative News Release | Conservative Platform