OCUFA: The Progressive Conservatives’ first budget targets Ontario’s universities

(Toronto – April 15, 2019)

On April 11, the 2019 Ontario Budget was tabled. Given the track record of the Ontario government to date, this budget delivered what we expected: a continued attack on workers’ rights, university autonomy and public services including postsecondary education, and needless cuts to public services, especially those aimed at low-income Ontarians.

The overall postsecondary education and training sector budget is projected to be cut by $700 million, which mainly reflects a deep cut (over $670 million) to the Student Financial Assistance (OSAP) budget. This will reduce the budget for the sector from the $12.1 billion in 2018-19 to $11.4 billion in 2019-20.

The budget included several postsecondary-related announcements that will be of interest to faculty associations…. Please see the attachment.