Making post-secondary education affordable and accessible to all falls directly in line with the three key commitments the current government has made to British Columbians: to make life more affordable; to deliver services that people count on; and to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone. Enacting students' priorities for Budget 2020 will help the government keep its commitments to British Columbians.
The Federation has advocated for the rise of the minimum wage to $15, has submitted recommendations for changes to the Employment Standards Act, and has now also provided recommendations on ways to begin addressing the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in BC.
Budget 2019, entitled Investing in the Middle Class, was released by the Federal Government on March 19, 2019. The Budget makes a series of targeted, relatively small investments in a series of post-secondary related targets, such as workers in training, Indigenous education, research funding, and reducing interest on student loans.
Making post-secondary education affordable and accessible to all falls directly in line with the three key commitments the current government has made to British Columbians: to make life more affordable; to deliver services that people count on; and to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone.
Post-secondary education is a natural fit in a conversation about investing in the future of Canada’s economy. The current era of rapidly shifting labour market demands, global competition for high- quality education and top academic achievers, and new technologies in infrastructure/building sectors makes a well-educated population key to Canada’s success.
British Columbia has been a top-level destination for international education, but significant risk exists to its current model. Regulation of international student tuition fees and a comprehensive international education strategy will better ensure stability and security in BC's international student enrolment in the years to come.
Education needs to be a top priority in the federal and provincial governments' reconciliation frameworks. The gaps in attainment are a part of systemic disadvantages that must be corrected in order to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The BC government will be conducting a referendum on electoral reform in 2018. Voters will have the opportunity to decide on whether they want to keep the current voting system (First Past the Post) or change to a system of proportional representation.