The province is adding another year to an already two year long tuition freeze for post secondary students.
Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt tells Global News the extra year will give them more time to continue their review into post secondary funding.
“We’re going to be consulting with institutions and students to come up with a sustainable tuition fee model for the long term. This announcement, with the extension of the tuition freeze, will give us some breathing room we need to conduct those consultation fully and make a good decision.”
Schmidt believes now is a good time for the tuition freeze.
“We see our enrollment going up at Universities and Colleges all across the province. In these economic circumstances, a lot of people are going back to learn new skills or retrain in skills they need to freshen up.”
Schmidt thinks post secondary institutions across the province understand why the freeze was issued.
“Our government has maintained our commitment to provide predictable and sustainable funding for institutions. We intend to keep that commitment in the next budget. Institutions, I think, are faring pretty well under our government support for them financially.”
In November 2016, the NDP government announced tuition freezes until the end of the 2016-2017 school. That has been extended to 2017-2018.
(With files from Global News)(djs)