Jamie West is the Member of Parliament for Sudbury and the Opposition Critic on Labor, Training and Skills Development. (Archives)
Mr. West demands increased funding for post-secondary education in the province.
It is abundantly clear that this government would rather see post-secondary institutions close their doors than provide the investments necessary to keep them afloat. […] Public colleges and universities are withering, paving the way for a predatory, for-profit private education system that only harms students.
In a press release, published Friday, OCUFA said it agreed with Mr. West's point of view.
Universities need more government funding to provide the support that international – and homegrown – students need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. The ministry has not provided tools to achieve this with these proposals, according to Nigmendra Narain, president of OCUFA, who is quoted in the press release.
During the announcement of the imposition of a cap, Canada's Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, emphasized that the rapid increase in the number of international students in Canada has also put pressure on housing, health care and other services. On Friday, the Ontario government says it will require all colleges and universities to ensure there are housing options for new international students.