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e-2986 (Education and training)

Initiated by Brandon Rhéal Amyot from Orillia, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada's post-secondary education system requires students to take on unprecedented debt to obtain an education that is increasingly a necessity;
  • As of 2016, student debt in Canada exceeds $36 billion with $18 billion owed federally and is the cause of one in six bankruptcies;
  • 39% of students are struggling with food insecurity due to the rising and unaffordable cost of food, tuition fees, and housing;
  • Canada's youth unemployment rate reached an all-time high of 29.4% in May and is still at crisis levels (18.8% as of October) while further deterioration remains a strong possibility due to the second wave; and
  • Bold national leadership is required to transform the current piecemeal funded post-secondary system into a high-quality, well-resourced system that will benefit students and Canada as a whole.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, students studying in Canada, and post-secondary education stakeholders, call upon the Government of Canada to implement a plan for pandemic relief and stimulus for Canada’s post-secondary sector and students that:
1. Utilizes the funds originally allocated for the CSSG and remaining funds from the $9 billion allocated for post-secondary students in April to extend the CESB while also including International students;
2. Includes newly graduating students and recent graduates (retroactive to Fall 2019) in Employment Insurance and the new CRB program;
3. Extends the moratorium on student debt loan interest and payments until May 1, 2021, with consideration of further extensions based on the public health and economic situation, and commits to significant student debt relief;
4. Expands the Canada Student Grant, returns to 50-50 cost-sharing with provinces and territories, and increases funding for post-secondary institutions.
Open for signature
November 18, 2020, at 4:33 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 17, 2021, at 4:33 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Laurel Collins
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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