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Campus Bulletin

March 19, 2004

Council of Ontario Universities raises awareness on lack of university funding

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has launched a public awareness campaign to draw attention to the fact that Ontario’s per-student funding is the lowest of all Canadian provinces.
COU explains that Ontario’s operating grants per student have declined by 25 per cent over the last 10 years. The per-student operating grant is now $6,000 in Ontario, compared with a national average of $8,275.

The COU campaign is built around the theme “A Strong Ontario Needs Strong Universities.”

“Ontario cannot continue with the lowest university funding in Canada,” says the COU ad that appeared in the Globe and Mail March 11 and will run again March 25. “Ontario must invest for tomorrow. Ontario must invest in its universities.”

COU explains that strong Ontario universities can help the government meet its five priorities: better student achievement, healthier Ontarians, better workers for better jobs, safe and vital communities and more active citizens.

For more information on university funding concerns, visit the COU website.

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