The ontario budget for 2018: 5 important updates for students

In mark. 28, the Liberal Government of Ontario announced its final provincial budget until the upcoming general election on 7 June

After the announcement, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the budget would focus on "care and opportunities"

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Souza was quoted by the former US president as Ontario's Minister of Finance. Vice President Joe Biden. "Show your budget," he said, "and I'll tell you what you value." The point of the quotation quickly became clear-he proposed ambitious funding programmes targeting a wide range of Ontario residents, from French-speaking and indigenous peoples to the elderly, children and, finally, students

The announcement of performance in 2018 has been met with some criticism over the projected deficit, but if everything goes as promised, there may be some fundamental rights for the students of Ontario

1. Mental health issues

The Ontario budget for 2018 is making enormous efforts to provide mental health and addiction services

A significant portion of the budget will be allocated to students

In addition to $175 million, the The United States has pledged nearly $12 million over four years to expand mental health services in public schools, and the budget for 2018 in colleges and universities in Ontario has been nearly $12 million. (In United States dollars) This will be at the beginning of last year's $6 million budget, which was made last year

Vice-President of the student council of Western University, Landon Tulk, said the students had long suppressed the best psychological support before and during university studies. Scott Wilson, the Western Advocacy Coordinator, also supported the announcement:

Mental health issues on campus. The amazing work of OUSA, student leaders and government according to plan that will change the campuses in Ontario. Today is our target

-Scott Wilson (@scott3412)

A press release by the Canadian Student Federation states that while students are delighted with the new budget, additional mental health facilities will be created in the communities of the indigenous and francophone communities, but does not mention the funding of existing peer counselling and support services

"The expansion of mental health services in the province is a step in the right direction," said Sami Pritchard, national executive representative of the Canadian Federation of Students in Ontario

2. Improving financial assistance

Each student may agree that one of the most stress-related post-secondary-school-related stress is the idea of the upcoming debt, especially in connection with the approach of graduation. There is no dumping before the release of your student loans. The Ontario government now believes that you will be easier than ever

Students and teachers, like others, took part in Twitter following the announcement of the budget, with reactions from excitement to help

At present, all students, regardless of their age and abilities, receive education and health care that we all deserve.

Tim Hewitson (@ITeachTimmy)

In the hope of seeing some relief for hundreds of thousands of debtor students in

-Aaron Cayden Hills (@AaronCayman)

To register for this event

the ability to learn more about how the provincial budget will affect small businesses, as well as any personal impact

-Viresh Mathur (@Visih1)

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) was restructured in 2016. However, the 3.1% increase in tuition fees at Canadian universities in 2017 not only eased the burden on Ontario students. The province remains at the top of the average tuition fees in Canada

This burden is still harder for international students who experience high rates of failure when they decide to study here

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian student will still be looking for up to $26,000 in debt after university

This year, the Ontario government pledged to make OSAP more accessible to students, namely, middle-income families. Students whose parents are up to $90,000 a year can now qualify for free education. This means that parents will be less involved in the education of their children. Genital students will also benefit because fewer expected contributions from spouses can make them acceptable for larger grants. In addition, they have introduced net tuition fees. The students will receive one account from their school, who has already deducted the sum of the grant funds received from OSAP

3. More efficient equipment and technical equipment for colleges

The budget for 2018 promises to increase spending on materials for the college. In the next three years, Ontario colleges will receive $20 million annually, representing a shift from the current level of $8 million per year. This will lead to new equipment for classrooms, laboratories and even administrative facilities to support the ever-evolving technologies that students and teachers use in their programmes

Prior to the announced budget, the Ontario College presented a report that many of the colleges in the province had been built in the mid-1960s, and they lacked the digital infrastructure needed to keep up with modern technology programmes. The report states: "There is a need to reconfigure, re-profile and upgraded college equipment as new programs are developed, environmental standards are updated and service delivery approaches are upgraded."

For students, new funding means that they can now move into this field without additional training

"This budget makes important investments in our students ' success," said Lynda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario. "These investments will help us gain more graduates with professional and technical knowledge, which are crucial to success in today's economy."

4. Financing of the university infrastructure

The list of Ontario colleges is not the only ones who will get the much needed TLC with a new budget

The Ontario Council of Universities also submitted a report before the budget was prepared. They requested more funding to increase the number of graduates of scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics by 25 per cent over the next five years. They also called for greater support for indigenous students, the funding of pilot training programmes and incubators, as well as investment in the modernization of educational spaces

In this regard, the Liberal budget will deliver. $500 million out of the $3 billion that will be invested in infrastructure after secondary processing will be sent to universities to support the development of STEM projects and pilot projects, as well as upgraded training spaces. David Lindsey, President and CEO of the Board of Ontario Universities, was pleased with the announcement

"Continuing investment in universities will allow students and employers to take their place as world leaders in the future economy," said Lindsey

5. First French

Ontario will soon be presenting its first Francophone university

According to information available in the Office of the Commissioner for Official Languages, almost 5 per cent of Ontario's population is in the Francophonie. Ontario is the largest in the francophone world

"Last December, the Université de l' Ontario Français Act, 2017, was handed over to Royal Assent," said Sussa. The provincial government is currently adopting recommendations from the report of the University Planning Council in French

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Victoria St. Michael

Victoria St. Michael is a journalism student at the University of Ottawa