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BCFS releases research document on international students in British Columbia

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jul 09, 2018 1 min read
The British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS) has released a research document outlining many of the issues facing international students in British Columbia. The document focuses on BC’s economic dependence on international students, the instability of unregulated tuition fees, and the lack of support services for international students in BC.
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“Students Are Voting” is more than just a campaign slogan, it happened.

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 12, 2018 1 min read
The numbers are out, and they paint a picture that is not at all surprising: young people voted in the provincial election. According to Elections BC’s recently-released report, 56.2% of voters aged 18 to 24 voted in the May 2017 BC election.
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Budget 2018: Trudeau Liberals continue to ignore student debt crisis

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 28, 2018 1 min read
In a budget that took 367 pages to describe, the Trudeau Liberal government outlines its plan for a number of social and economic issues. From increased parental leave, to gender equality in corporate board rooms, to off-shore tax sheltering, Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses a broad range of topics. For students, one topic appears conspicuously absent.
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Child care investment improves access to post-secondary education

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 21, 2018 1 min read
Post-secondary students stand to benefit from the BC Government’s substantial investment in affordable child care. Budget 2018 invests $1 billion over the next three years to increase licensed spaces and reduce costs to families, which will help students with children afford to attend school.
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BC students applaud minimum wage increase

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 08, 2018 1 min read
Today’s announcement by the BC government to increase the minimum wage to $15.20 per hour by 2021 brings welcome relief to students across the province. “As the cost of tuition fees, textbooks, and rent continue to increase, students and their families are being forced to take on more debt,” said Simka Marshall, Chairperson of the British Columbia Federation of Students.
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StatsCan report reveals government funding on the decline

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jan 18, 2018 1 min read
A Statistics Canada report released this week shows that government funding is declining at colleges across the country. According to the report, the proportion of college revenues from provincial governments is declining, while revenues from tuition fees and ancillary fees have been increasing, resulting a declining proportion of operating budgets covered by public funding.
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Finance Committee gets an earful on advanced education accessibility, makes bold recommendations for improvements

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Nov 16, 2017 1 min read
Following province-wide consultations, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services reported that post-secondary education was the second-most discussed topic throughout the verbal, written, audio, and video submissions.
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Budget update demonstrates renewed commitment to PSE

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Sep 11, 2017 1 min read
The Budget Update announced today by the BC government demonstrates the government’s commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education. Following the recent announcement to eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning classes, the Budget Update outlines the funding for these programs.
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Adult Basic Education made tuition fee-free again

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Aug 08, 2017 1 min read
VICTORIA—Students are celebrating a major victory today for some of British Columbia’s most impoverished students, with the BC government announcement that tuition fees will be eliminated for all adult basic education (ABE) and English as a second language (ESL) courses.
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Throne Speech reverses BC Liberal funding cut to adult basic education

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 23, 2017 1 min read
VICTORIA—Among the many promises and commitments in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne was the announcement that that the BC Liberal government would reverse its funding cuts to Adult Basic Education (ABE).