WINNIPEG – Students at universities and colleges across Manitoba could soon have to more for tuition.
The Manitoba government is hinting they may lift a cap that might blocks tuition fees from rising higher than the rate of inflation.
Education Minister Ian Wishart says our schools are feeling the pinch as costs go up.
Wishart says the system right now isn’t sustainable.
“Right now we’re the third lowest in the country, that’s a challenge for many of our post-secondary institutions.”
He says he’s not sure exactly how much rates could rise as he’s consulting with the education community here.
Opposition NDP Education Critic Wab Kinew says sharp increases will make education less accessible and could force young people out of the province.
“Education is the way people transform their reality,” he says. “I wouldn’t want that opportunity to be out of reach for any Manitoba student.”
Michael Barkman from the Manitoba Federation of Students is also wary of a possible hike.
“As a province, we benefit our economy, our society, our culture from affordable tuition fees,” he says. “It’s a good thing when anyone can access a university, college or trade program and have access to an education.”
Barkman says Nova Scotia recently jacked up their tuition rates and have seen a major exodus of students from the province.
The potential tuition increase comes as the government tries to chip away at a massive deficit of $846 million dollars.