Part-time jobs push students to the limit

With tuition, housing costs, and food to consider, many Canadian college and university students must complete their undergrad alongside a part-time job. According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, the percentage of students working a part-time job during their post-secondary education has increased over the last 35 years from one in four, to one in two. This is due in part to the increasing inflation of tuition fees since the 1990s. Alongside this increase of student employment, René Morissette, the assistant director and research director of Statistics Canada, said job quality for youth has deteriorated over the last four decades. However, youth tend to find employment faster than their adult counterparts because of their willingness to take a variety […]

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High hopes in lead-up to Trudeau’s first budget

Students and university faculty are hopeful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first budget will provide additional funding for universities and programs for young people when it is unveiled on March 22. Although administering post-secondary education falls under provincial control, the federal government can transfer cash to provinces, inject funding into research and development, or create jobs for youth. On the day of Ontario’s announcement that it will expand grants to cover the average cost of tuition for students coming from families making less than $50,000 per year, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) called on the federal government to do more to funding post-secondary student tuition. “We’re looking to the upcoming federal budget and saying ‘Your move, Prime Minister Trudeau,’” said […]

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