A recent cbc.ca article reports on plans by Quebec student groups to protest planned tuition hikes by the Charest government. Over a five-year period, Quebec’s Liberal government plans to increase tuition by roughly 75 percent.
The article notes that tuition levels in Quebec are currently among the lowest in Canada. But as I’ve blogged about here, living conditions for many Quebec students are well below the poverty line. Indeed, 50 percent of full-time undergraduate students in Quebec report living on less $12,200 a year.
The article also offers a statistic I hadn’t seen before: across Canada, undergraduate tuition has increased by 41 percent since 1998 (after adjusting for inflation).
- Globe and Mail on higher education in Canada (October 9th, 2012)
- Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education (October 9th, 2012)
- Student Employment Rate Sinks (July 6th, 2012)
- Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education (June 7th, 2012)
- Seven reasons why you should support the Quebec students’ call for low tuition fees (May 31st, 2012)