Sustained proper investment in higher education would curb threat of rising
September 21, 2012 Post-Secondary Education (PSE) has become
increasingly unaffordable for working families in Ontario. We learn from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CCPA) recent study Eduflation and High
Cost Learning (http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/eduflation-and-high-cost-learning),
that Ontario’s tuition and compulsory fees in PSE are the highest in Canada.
The CCPA report shows the trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since
1990, and projects fees for each province for the next four years. It also
examines the impact on affordability for median and low income families using a
Cost of Learning Index.
For the last two decades higher education fees in Ontario have risen drastically
– much more than inflation and the increase of income for average households.
This situation has not happened overnight; a broader economic agenda driving our
public policy that favours profit over people has been behind this abysmal
degree of commercialization of higher education. Sustained proper investment in
PSE is essential, as investing in quality education means a better Ontario for
The Ontario University and College Coalition commissioned this CCPA study. The
Coalition comprises of organizations representing students, staff and faculty.
OPSEU has been part of this Coalition since its inception.
Download the full report .pdf