Students in Ontario pay the highest fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the
Country. As of 2016, the average tuition fees for a domestic graduate student is $8,971, while the
average tuition fees for an international graduate student sits at $19,679.
At the same time, decades of government underfunding has shifted the burden of maintaining
our institutions onto students and their families. In 1992, the Ontario government provided
80% of the funding for our public universities. That number has dropped significantly, with the
government now funding only 48%. This is reflected in the shift from talk about "public
universities" to "publicly assisted universities."
In response, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has launched a new campaign called
Fight the Fees, which will mobilize students across Ontario to demand:
At York University, the York Federation of Students (YFS) and the YUGSA are part of the
Education Coalition, which aims to mobilize students in support of the campaign's demands.
All York students, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. To learn more about
the campaign and to get involved in the coalition, contact Zena Gopal (VP Campaigns):
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has also convened a Toronto Action Coalition,
which aims to bring together students, workers, and community members from across the GTA.
To find out how you can get involved, please email Evan Johnston (Resource Coordinator):
On November 2, students from campuses all over Canada will be going all out to fight for free education. Join us for a whole day of rallying and marching (and free food!) with thousands of students from across Ontario. At York, we will be rallying in Vari Hall, then getting on a bus that will take us downtown Toronto for a rally for free education. Right after the rally, we’ll be marching to Queen’s Park. Lunch will be provided.
9:00 – 10:00 am: Free Pancake Breakfast in Vari Hall
10:00 – 11:00 am: YFS Rally in Vari Hall
11:00 am: Buses leave from York University to Ryerson University
12:00 – 1:00 pm: March to Queen’s Park
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Rally at Queen’s Park
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