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This study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1993, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and ranks the provinces on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index. It estimates the average cost of tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will rise by almost 13% over the next four years, from $6,885 this fall to an estimated $7,755 in 2017-18.
Inside this issue: Precarious temp agency work requires public policy attention by Andrew Longhurst Don't believe the (LNG) hype by Marc Lee The disconnect between economic growth and teachers' wages by Iglika Ivanova What are the net benefits of the Northern Gateway? by Marvin Shaffer New living wage reports force us to look at child poverty in the city by Iglika Ivanova The good life, the green life
This study compares eligibility for student financial aid by examining the amount of funds (both repayable and non-repayable) that a student would be eligible to receive in each province, based on their income group (low-, middle- and high-income). Individual provinces have also demonstrated priorities such as debt reduction strategies, universal grants, and student independence from parental support, to name a few.
OTTAWA—Student aid systems in Canada are intricate, elaborate, and, in many cases, thoroughly unmanageable, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, It’s Complicated: An Interprovincial Comparison of Student Financial Aid, examines and compares how each province and territory has constructed their student financial aid systems and finds extensive variation exists between how eligibility for aid is determined, and to whom specific programs are targeted.
"Math wars", attacks on teacher unions, old-fashioned commercialism, standardized assessment, and surveillance: debates over education have always been heated. But these days, the very concept of public education, the students who are served by it and those employed in this sector are in many ways either being neglected or are under sustained attack by political and corporate elites. And as a result, privatization is no longer "creeping"--it is stampeding through entire school jurisdictions.
Graduate enrolment is steadily increasing in Manitoba, with more students electing to pursue post-graduate programs at both the Master’s and PhD level. The growth in graduate student population contributes much to the diversity and breadth of research done on university campuses. Additionally, once graduate students complete their course of study they contribute to the overall economic vitality of the province.  Despite increased enrolment, tuition and continuation fees prevent some students from accessing graduate programs.
Truthiness, a term coined by U.S. pop culture icon Stephen Colbert, refers to a personal opinion or belief that must be true, not because of the facts or data, but because you can feel it in your gut. In watching the launch of Manitoba’s new Building Futures curriculum, one can’t help but note its truthy origins.
This interactive tool allows you to compare how much tuition fees have increased by province and by degree since 1975.  
The latest issue of Our Schools/Our Selves Standardization Nation looks at who and what is left out of a narrow, outcomes-focused vision of education, and examines socioeconomic indicators that are often left out of the increasingly standards-based education debates.
By substantially raising EIA shelter rates and increasing child care spaces, new apprenticeship programs and support to social enterprises, the province is taking action to assist low income people to overcome barriers to education and employment.