Successful Population Growth Strategy Starts With Tuition Freeze

ST. JOHN’S- With less than 2 weeks until Newfoundlanders and Labradorians take to the polls, students are calling on all parties to make the obvious choice when it comes to a population growth strategy. Maintaining the tuition fee freeze for all students is a proven and successful method for growing our population and is overwhelmingly supported by voters in this province.

“The people of this province support accessible post-secondary education with good reason,” said Travis Perry, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador, “an increase in tuition would erect a wall around Newfoundland and Labrador, barring skilled young people from joining our communities.”

In the face of a declining birth rate and an aging population, the tuition fee freeze has been successful at recruiting and retaining young people to the province. Since the introduction of the freeze, out-of-province student enrolment at Memorial University has increased by 411 percent while international student enrolment has increased by 350 percent. According to a recent survey, more than 43 percent of out-of-province students and 71 percent of international students are still in Newfoundland and Labrador two years after graduating.

A recent public opinion poll by Abacus Data commissioned by the Federation suggests that any move to dismantle the tuition fee freeze would be grossly out of touch with the values of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. 92% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians believe that we must take action to help students afford to go to college or university. While 82% of voters support maintaining the tuition fee freeze in the province, 85% of voters support a policy of free college and university in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Download the report here.

 

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organisation, uniting more that one-half million students from coast to coast. All 28,000 public post-secondary students in Newfoundland and Labrador are united as members of the Federation. The Federation and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.

For more information contact:

Michael Walsh, Newfoundland and Labrador Organizer, 709.685.3203, m.walsh@cfs-nl.ca

 

Polling conducted by Abacus Data for the Canadian Federation of Students in November 2015. The random live-interview telephone survey was conducted with 500 eligible voters living in Newfoundland and Labrador. The margin of error for a probability-based random sample of 800 respondents using a probability sample is +/- 4.0 percent, 19 times out of 20.

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