RON MCKINNON, MP COQUITLAM – PORT COQUITLAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
POST–SECONDARY EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PART–TIME STUDENTS
Coquitlam – Making post-secondary education more affordable for Canadians is how we will continue growing our middle class and strengthening our economy. When Canadians have the opportunity to go to school or access training while better balancing family responsibilities, they are better placed to find and keep good jobs. That’s why today, Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament for Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, highlighted how the Government of Canada is helping make post-secondary education more affordable.
Starting this academic year, nearly 10,000 more part-time students from low- and middle-income families will benefit from up to $1,800 in non-repayable grants per year and up to $10,000 in loans. Additionally, access to grants for part-time students with children has been expanded, allowing them to benefit from up to $1,920 per year in grants. These measures will benefit Canadian women in particular, who often strive to improve their career prospects while balancing family responsibilities. Women represent nearly two-thirds of the Canada Student Loans Program’s part-time recipients, while approximately four out of five students receiving the Canada Student Grant for students with dependent children are women.
As well, Skills Boost is a new plan that will help adult learners retrain or upgrade their skills, so that everyone can get the support they need to adapt to our changing economy and labour market. About 43,000 low- and middle-income Canadians will benefit from up to $1,600 more per school year in top-up funding. Additionally, through Skills Boost, Canadians who lose their jobs after several years in the workforce can pursue job training without fear of losing their EI benefits.
Quotes “Helping more Canadians afford post-secondary education will help grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. Far too many Canadians face challenges when pursuing post-secondary education—not only because of the cost of education itself but also because of the financial pressures and time constraints of supporting our families. Our government has Canadians covered, no matter their circumstance—whether they are going to college or university for the first time, returning to school or upgrading their skills.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour
“This is a game changer—particularly for women, who are often trying to improve their career prospects while continuing to balance their family responsibilities. We have increased amounts available to students with children, which will support an additional 13,000 students with children each year. A full-time student with children will receive up to $200 per month per child.”
– Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament, Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam
The Government of Canada is investing:
o $107.4 million over four years, starting in 2018–19, and $29.3 million per year thereafter, to expand eligibility for Canada Student Grants for students with dependants.
o $59.8 million over four years, starting in 2018–19, and $17 million per year thereafter to expand eligibility for Canada Student Grants for Part-Time Students and to increase the threshold for eligibility for Canada Student Loans for part-time students.
Expanded access to Canada Student Grants for students with dependants, starting in the 2018–19 academic year, allows more:
o full-time students with children to receive up to $200 per month per child; and
o part-time students with children to receive up to $1,920 per year in grants.
Student Financial Assistance Budget 2016: Growing the Middle-Class
Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle-Class
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