Tag Archive for: Student tuition hike

Concordia University slashes budget amid grim economic update

As Concordia University faces a $36-million deficit, the school announced major cuts in spending. It comes as the result of a historic drop in enrolment, which the academic institution blames on the Quebec government’s tuition hike targeting students from outside of Quebec. QCGN President Eva Ludvig comments on the situation.

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Quebec tuition hike: McGill, Concordia universities file lawsuits

The Quebec government’s resolve to continue to target out-of-province university students with tuition increases is “very harmful” to both McGill and Concordia universities, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). In a video report by Global News, she underscores that severe damage is simultaneously being inflicted “to Montreal and to Quebec.”

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Quebec anglos minister to take part in closed-door ‘fireside chat’ at McGill

Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard will meet with McGill President Deep Saini for a private chat about economic policies, which may include the topic of tuition hikes for out-of-province students. Saini had called the tuition hikes a “targeted attack” on English universities. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) urged Girard, who also holds the title of anglophone relations minister, to intervene on behalf of the English-speaking community in these tuition hikes.

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The Quebec Government’s Plan to Kill English Universities

In her review of the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s treatment of English-language universities, columnist Toula Drimonis quotes an earlier message from QCGN President Eva Ludvig: “If a government were trying to devise a plan to starve Quebec’s English-language universities out of existence, it would look a lot like this.”

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English universities have grounds for legal action to counter tuition hike, lawyer says

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) sounds further alarm over out-of-province students being singled out with tuition hikes. “English-speaking Quebecers will tell you they feel targeted right now,” says QCGN director general Sylvia Martin-Laforge. Among the likely consequences: “People will not be coming to Quebec because they will not feel they will be able to work in Quebec down the road…. It’s not a welcoming place for Canadians from other provinces, for international students, and workers.”

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McGill, Concordia can take Quebec to court over tuition hikes, French requirements, lawyers say

“Discrimination on the basis of language is discrimination,” says constitutional lawyer Julius Grey. He cites Section 15 of the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Recent Quebec legislation is grounded in “identity politics,” says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), adding that as the public discussion develops she evaluates the government’s reasoning process as ever more “troubling.” Simultaneously, Martin-Laforge says, Quebec is inflicting two black eyes on itself — one by harming Montreal’s reputation as a welcoming, inclusive university city, and the other by creating a potential impact on the economy.

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Quebec tuition hike, francization requirement ‘a targeted attack’: McGill president

The measures to be placed on English-language universities by the Coalition Avenir Québec government create “clear existential threats” to these institutions, says QCGN President Eva Ludvig in a statement.

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‘Catastrophic’ tuition plan is a ‘direct attack’ on English universities, McGill says

Quebec plans to go ahead with new measures applying to English-language universities. In a letter sent to McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s, provincial Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry explained that tuition rates for out of province students will rise by 33 per cent as of next fall, and 80 per cent of these students will need to achieve an intermediate level of French as of fall 2025. The Quebec Community Groups Network has been among the numerous voices against these measures.

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English universities blast report that 80% of foreign students will need intermediate French by graduation

Amid public cries for the university tuition hikes for out-of-province students to be scrapped, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is proposing additional measures to protect French –  cutting tuition costs for francophone students from France, Belgium and Switzerland, and requiring 80 per cent of graduates from English-language universities to have an intermediate-level knowledge of French upon graduating. “If a government were trying to devise a plan to starve Quebec’s English-language universities out of existence, it would look a lot like this,” says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network.  

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Quebec appears to be saying no to English universities on tuition fees. What do you think?

QCGN President Eva Ludvig joined CBC’s Radio Noon yesterday. The discussion covered the Quebec government’s intention to hike tuition costs for out-of-province students at English-language universities, as well as the universities’ rejected proposal to improve the teaching of French. “The English-speaking community of Quebec is not the enemy of the French language,” Ludvig said.

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