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2011 ONTARIO ELECTIONS
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Te PC party released their platform in May, 2011. Tey have made oneannouncement since then that related to post-secondary education. Forthe full copy of their platform, visit
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Te promise to create up to 60,000new spaces is identical to thepromise made by the Liberalgovernment in the 2011 Ontariobudget. If these spaces are created by 2015-2016, the estimated cost for thisinitiative would be $300 million annually. While increasing the physical capacity of colleges and universities in Ontariois necessary to keep up with demand,students are concerned that such a promiseis being made without addressing the highcost of attending college or university. Te PCs have barely addressed the issueof aordability by promising to raise theparental income benchmark for OntarioStudent Assistance Program (OSAP)eligibility. It is unclear whether this meansthat more students from middle-incomefamilies would have access to grants orsimply more student debt. Te PC platform makes no mention of tuition fees. Tis is a signicant gap intheir education policy. Ontario studentspay the highest tuition fees in the country and have been faced with a 34 to 59 percent increase in tuition fees since 2006. Tere is also no mention of upfrontnancial assistance for students, nor any signicant changes to OSAP that wouldreduce student debt.As a result of being silent on tuitionfees, the PC platform receives an F fromstudents for this item. Te announcement to extend OSAP tomore middle-income students, withoutany details about whether this support will be in the form of more grants ratherthan loans, the PC platform earns a D. Te PCs receive an overall grade of D- foraordability.
FUNDING & QUALITY
Te PC promises to fully fund60,000 new student spaces in thepost-secondary education sector.However, they do not commit tocreating a funding framework forthe sector. Since Ontario spends 24 percent less per student on post-secondary education than the national average, thelack of a substantial plan is of concern forOntario’s students. Te platform also lacksany mention of how a PC government would improve the quality of educationin colleges and universities. Tere is nomention of hiring more professors oraddressing large class sizes.Students have identied that ballooningclass sizes and less face-time with faculty leads to a reduction in the quality of education provided at institutions. Because
“A Tim Hudk government wil create u to 60,000 po-econdry sace in Ontario.” “We wil raie the threo on fnancia uort to make it more aeibe or mie-a amiie to en their ien to colege or univerity.”
Each of the report cards have been created with the most up-to-datecontent at the time of printing. If there are additional announcements that aectstudents throughout the campaign period, the report card may change accordingly.Visit
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