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Fight the Fees

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:

  • Progressive reducation and elimination of tuition fees for all students in
    the new tuition fee framework

  • Conversion of student loans into non-repayable grants in the 2017 
    Ontario Budget
  • Removal of interest on existing student debt


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):

campaigns@yugsa.ca.


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):

rc@yugsa.ca. 


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