Across Canada, students and supporters are mobilizing to hit the streets on February 1, to call for a high-quality post-secondary education system that is equitable and free of financial barriers.
As part of the Education is a Right campaign students are meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators, collecting petitions, organizing provincial campaigns. Find an event in your region.
Over the years, decisions made by from all levels of government have created a post-secondary education system that is increasingly exclusive, and which burdens students with record debt levels thanks to a loan-based financial aid system.
Public funding currently accounts for an average of approximately 57 per cent of university and college operating funding, down from 81 per cent just two decades ago. During the same period tuition fees have grown from 14 per cent of operating funding to over 35 per cent.
This constitutes a rapid re-orientation of Canada’s post-secondary education system away from a publicly funded model and towards a privatized user fee system.
Learn more about post-secondary education privatization and other issues at cupe.ca/post-secondary