Students take action and launch provincial election campaign

St. John’s, Nov. 7, 2015 – Students in Newfoundland and Labrador will be launching a provincial election campaign calling attention to student issues with a creative action in on Water Street in St. John’s Saturday afternoon. They are calling on all parties, leaders and candidates to commit to investing in the future by maintaining the longstanding tuition fee freeze and restoring the multi-million dollar funding cuts to Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic.

The “Keep The Freeze” campaign follows the conclusion of the Canadian Federation of Students’ national campaign to empower students and youth to vote in the 2015 federal election. More than 2,500 students voted in on-campus advanced polls at Memorial University, and elected a new government promising substantial commitments to students and youth. Students of Newfoundland and Labrador are eager to let politicians know that once again students will be voting and this time, they’re voting to keep the freeze and restore education funding.

 

Action:

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Time: 5:45 p.m.

Where: Water Street by BDC Business Centre
Who: Newfoundland and Labrador’s college, undergraduate, and graduate students

 

Just the facts:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador has benefited from the tuition fee freeze since 1999, with successive provincial governments making commitments to improving access and quality of public postsecondary education.
  • The tuition freeze is successfully attracting and retaining youth. Approximately 86% of post-secondary graduates remain in Newfoundland and Labrador after graduation.
  • Since the tuition fee freeze for graduate students was implemented graduate, student enrolment at Memorial University has increased by approximately 225%.
  • Since the tuition fee freeze for international students was implemented, international student enrolment at Memorial University has increased by approximately 350%.
  • According to Statistics Canada’s Youth in Transition survey, “70 percent of those who did not pursue post-secondary education and 71.4 percent of those who dropped out cited financial reasons as their motivation for discontinuing their studies.”
  • Statistics Canada reports that students from low-income families are less than half as likely to participate in university than those from high-income families.

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten provinces. All 28,000 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

Follow the action online at @CFSNL