Ontario tuition increases outpace rest of Canada

Since province introduced “cap” in 2006/7, tuition has increased by 13 per cent

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations has published the first issue of its new academic magazine Trends in Higher Education. The first issue focuses on tuition: specifically the proportion of overall university revenue that tuition contributes to in Ontario.

The report notes since the provincial government introduced its “tuition cap” in 2006/07, tuition in Ontario has increased by 13 per cent. During the same time period, the national average was only three per cent.

Not only has tuition increase, government funding as a proportion of overall university budgets has decreased. In 1990, tuition accounted for 20 per cent of university revenues, in 2007/08, tuition accounted for 43 per cent of revenues.

The article appendix includes charts comparing tuition costs across Canada over the past 10 years. It is a great resource to keep handy.

You can read the entire article on the OCUFA website here.