Monday, February 14th, 2011

905 Area Voters Worried About Higher Education

A new survey commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario (CFS-O) reveals that voters in the 905 area code are worried about education.

Of the voters surveyed, 80 per cent of 905 residents said they are concerned about the accessibility of higher education, while another 70 per cent expressed that tuition is too expensive.

“This poll shows that Ontarians living in the 905 region are deeply worried about the cost of college and university education,” said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the CFS-O.

“The government needs to hear their voices and take action to ensure the accessibility of our higher education system. Ontario needs a tuition fee freeze, and it needs it now.”

The 905 area code represents communities from Niagara Peninsula, Hamilton, Oshawa, and parts of the suburban Greater Toronto Area.

The same poll found that 65 per cent of respondents believe that freezing higher education funding would harm the post-secondary system, whereas just 4 per cent said freezing would have a positive effect.

Ontario’s tuition fees have skyrocketed by nearly 28 per cent over the past five years. With the highest rates in Canada, Ontarian undergraduates pay an average of $6,307 per year, while grad students pay nearly $9,000 per year.

More survey results are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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