Education is a Right!
Ontario students pay the highest tuition fees in Canada, and even though we pay the most, we're getting the least. Ontario has the worst student-teacher ration and the largest class sizes in the country, and has the lowest per-student funding in all of North America - second only to Alabama.
Across Canada, provincial governments are offloading the cost of post-secondary education onto the backs of students and their families, bankrupting a generation with mortgage-sized debts and putting Canada's economic health at risk.
In response, students are joining together to fight back funding cuts and tuition fee increases. Together, students are saying education is a right! It is in this spirit that students across the country launched the Education is a Right campaign through the Canadian Federation of Students.
The campaign is aimed at building a movement that demands a system of high-quality, affordable and accessible post-secondary education through a federal post-secondary education strategy and a refocusing of provincial priorities. It calls upon federal-provincial partnerships that will ensure stable funding for Canada's colleges and universities; fairer and more generous student financial assistance; the progressive reduction of tuition fees; and meeting treaty obligations to promote and defend Aboriginal access to post-secondary education.
Students will mobilize at the ballot box, in Legislative Assemblies, in constituency offices, on campuses and on the streets to hold governments accountable and ensure that everyone, regardless of their social or economic circumstances, has access to a public system of colleges and universities.