The Ontario Undergraduate Students’ Alliance is calling on the provincial government to freeze post-secondary education tuition costs.
The “time out” campaign is pushing for a freeze that would last four years, starting in 2017.
The group believes this will allow grants to catch up with tuition costs.
President of the Alliance, Spencer Nestico-Semianiw says a fully funded freeze would cost the province 106 million a year during a time of fiscal restraint, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
“The clear solution is to take the money the government currently allocates to tax credits and to reallocate that to fund something like a tuition freeze.”
Nestico-Semianiw says the government allocates around 340 million dollars to tax credits.
“We found that although this could be beneficial to some students, it’s not up front.”
The government set a 3 per cent cap on tuition hikes from 2013 to 2017 but with an average yearly tuition of nearly 8 thousand dollars in Ontario, the alliance says it isn’t enough.