The intent of the OCUFA plan outlined in the 2013 Pre-Budget Submission is to enhance the quality and affordability of university education in Ontario by 2020 through increased government investment.
It recommendations reflect both the estimated minimum and maximum cost of our proposals, and notes that the Ontario government can choose to make a smaller or larger investments as finances dictate. At the same time, it notes that the fiscal challenges the government faces are not the result of overspending, but rather reflect a short-term impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the recession it created. Long-term damage to universities cannot be justified by a short-term fiscal challenge. When it comes to the education of our young people, investment is the only option.
The submission outlines critical needs in Ontario’s universities – per-student funding, tuition fees, faculty hiring, and research support – and indicates the amount of new investment needed to address the needs and strengthen our institutions. Such investment will pay dividends in student success, economic growth, and in the health of our society and communities.
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229