FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, October 20th 2015 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) congratulates the Liberal Party of Canada on their majority win. Students are eager to begin working with all elected Members of Parliament to address the many issues facing post-secondary students in Canada.
During the election, the Liberal Party of Canada pledged to invest $2.6 billion in First Nations education over four years and $50 million in additional funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program. The Party also committed to increase the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000 per year for full-time students, and to $1,800 per year for part-time students. In addition to increasing the level of non-repayable grant assistance to students by $750 million per year by cancelling the education and textbook tax credits.
“We are are hopeful that Prime Minister Trudeau will make post-secondary education a sincere priority for the Party and work in partnership with student leaders over the next four years“, said Erik Queenan, Board Chair for CASA. “Further investments are needed to address the affordability, accessibility and overall quality of Canada’s higher education system”.
Student leaders will have the opportunity to meet directly with the newly elected government at CASA’s annual Advocacy Week early next year. “We look forward to presenting our vision on the future of post-secondary education to all elected parties”, added Queenan.
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 22 student associations representing 256,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.
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