Election 2021: Promises for Ottawa college and university students
OTTAWA – Ottawa is home to two major Canadian universities and two colleges. Students from across Canada and around the world have made Ottawa their home during their studies.
While education is largely a provincial affair, the federal government plays a role in it, and parties running in the 2021 federal election have platforms that deal with post-secondary education and students, largely through the government. through taxes and the federal part of student loans.
Here’s what students from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and La Cité can expect to hear about election campaigns.
Outgoing Liberals have offered some benefits to students ahead of the election, including suspending interest-free student loan repayments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Liberals also increased the Canada student grant from $ 3,000 to $ 6,000.
In this election, the Liberal Party promised to keep the Canada student grant at $ 6,000 for two more years. They also pledge to spend $ 721 million to help students find jobs.
The Liberals have also said they will change the student loan repayment assistance program so that new graduates do not have to pay off their loans until they have earned at least $ 40,000 a year.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has previously pledged tax breaks for new graduates of up to $ 100,000 in the first three years after graduation if he becomes prime minister. O’Toole also said that students entering engineering, coding or the skilled trades could see those tax breaks rise to $ 200,000 over five years.
The NDP relies on a platform for canceling student loans. The party says an NDP government would write off up to $ 20,000 per student in federal debt and eliminate interest on student debt. The party is also pledging to stop loan repayments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The long-term goal of an NDP government would be to work with provinces and territories to cap and eventually eliminate tuition fees for students, making post-secondary education free.
In the shorter term, the party is committed to permanently doubling the Canada student grant, in order to reduce the need for loans.
The Green Party says it would make post-secondary education free for all by abolishing tuition fees. A green government would also write off any federal student debt over $ 10,000.
The party is also committed to creating green learning programs for students. They would also expand the availability of scholarships for graduate and doctoral students.
Election day is September 20.
An earlier version of this article indicated that the Conservative Party was offering tax breaks to new graduates. It was a promise made by Erin O’Toole when he ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party. The author of this article apologizes for any confusion.