Wilson: Nova Scotia students facing highest tuition increase in Canada

September 9, 2015

It’s becoming harder for young Nova Scotians to afford a university education here at home because of the McNeil government’s decision to lift the tuition cap says NDP MLA Dave Wilson.

According to figures just released by Statistics Canada, Nova Scotia undergrads are facing the highest tuition increase in Canada this current school year at 5.2%. Wilson says the Minister of Advanced Education, Kelly Regan, needs to explain to students why she’s allowed this to happen.

“Once upon a time Kelly Regan said that even a small increase in tuition would be a ‘disaster’, but as the minister responsible she’s allowed the largest tuition increase in over a decade,” says Wilson. “It’s unfortunate that the McNeil government has let students down by making a post-secondary education much more expensive here in Nova Scotia.”

On December 22, 2011 Regan was asked by Symmetry Public Relations about the O’Neil Report’s recommendation to raise tuition costs in Nova Scotia. Her response was, “I don’t know if economists would think that would be a recipe for anything other than disaster.”