New minister silent on student debt

OTTAWA – A troubling report warning that post-secondary tuition fees will continue to skyrocket has been met with silence from Jason Kenney. New Democrats are calling on the new minister for Employment and Social Development to show Canadians his plan to work with the provinces to tackle this affordability crisis.

“The news that tuition fees are set to go through the roof is not a warm welcome to students beginning a new school year,” said NDP Post-Secondary Education critic Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest). “The Conservatives are just sitting on their hands and watching as demands on the Canada Student Loan program balloon out of control. With Canadian students borrowing in record numbers, we need action from the minister.”

After tripling over the past two decades, tuition fees are projected to increase by 13% in the next 4 years, according to a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Rising tuition costs and mounting student debt are undermining access to post-secondary education.

“We need to ensure our colleges and universities remain accessible to all Canadians, regardless of their economic circumstances,” said Harris.