ON student fee opt-out option could undermine transparency: CFS

January 21, 2019

The Ontario government has announced that students may opt-out of ancillary fees for campus groups they do not agree with, reports the Toronto Star. The move has raised concerns from student organizations that the opt-out option will undermine institutional transparency. “What’s really scary is that I feel like this is a direct attack on the groups that actually try to hold the government accountable when it comes to student issues,” said Nour Alideeb, Chairperson of Canadian Federations of Students Ontario. Brittany Greig, President of the College Student Alliance, added that the opt-out could also cost students access to transparent academic appeals, on-campus food banks and breakfast programs, scholarships, and student employment opportunities. Toronto Star(CP) (ON)