On Thursday, October 6, Ontario will vote for a new premier. Ontario has the highest undergraduate tuition rates in the province and second highest graduate school tuition rates.
Ontario also has the lowest per-student funding in the country. Student debt in Ontario has also risen by 20% over the last decade.
Find out what the candidates are promising students and new graduates here to counter these challenges:
Dalton McGuinty – Liberal
- Cut post-secondary tuition by 30% for middle-class families (total combined income of less than $160,000 annually) which will save around $730 annually per student in college and $1,600 per student in university
- Create another 60,000 post-secondary spaces in Ontario
- Build three new undergraduate campuses to encourage students to study in Ontario
- Provide grants for low-income Ontario families
- Keep the cap on student debt to $7,300 per year of undergraduate study
- Reduce graduates’ loan repayment until they can find work and, if they cannot, loan payments may be reduced to zero
- Give an additional six-month grace period for loan repayments for graduates who work in the non-profit sector
- Triple the number of start-ups in Ontario within the next five years to increase jobs for new graduates
- Have eight “trade missions” where the premier advertises Ontario businesses around the world
Visit the Ontario Liberal Party website for more information.
Tim Hudak – PC
- Increase spending on K-12 education by $2 billion by the end of first term in office
- Reduce unnecessary bureaucracy in school boards
- Increase technology in the classroom: allow parents to view their children’s standardized test results online
- Create up to 60,000 post-secondary spaces in Ontario
- End Liberal foreign scholarship program
- End the “one-size-fits-all” funding of Ontario’s education system by evaluating the individual needs of each school
- Redirect the $30 million the current McGuinty government gives to foreign students to Ontario students instead
Visit the Ontario PC Party website for more information.
Andrea Horwath – NDP
- Freeze post-secondary tuition for four years
- Eliminate interest from the provincial portion of student loans, saving students $300 million annually
Visit the Ontario NDP website for more information.
Which issues do you want your future premier to address to help you pursue your undergraduate education and find a good job after graduation?