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Are international students keeping Canadian universities afloat?

Universities across Canada are staring down massive financial pains. To cope, many have become more reliant than ever on recruiting international students, who often pay up to five times as much tuition as domestic students. But is that a sustainable solution?

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Geoff Russ writes “Current provincial grants have been frozen in nominal terms. In 2019, the Ford government lowered tuition fees by 10 percent and then froze them. They have remained unchanged since. Provincial policy, in other words, is contributing to the problem.” What are your thoughts on the provincial government as it relates to the funding of universities? What are your thoughts on the financial future of postsecondary institutions?

22nd January 2024 at 7:20 am
Jacob Birch

Maybe someone from the QueensU administration should go take microecon 101 at The Smith School of Business. #chagheill

22nd January 2024 at 4:29 pm
Ian Gray

I noted there was very little mention of bloated administrative staff cutbacks as part of a belt tightening effort. Like hospitals, over the past few decades, a very large increase in administrative staff is reported to have absorbed a good deal of funding. Governments should perhaps insist on the elimination of DIE staffs and their programs as a start point.

22nd January 2024 at 10:10 am
Mark Johnson

I had some close-up exposure to this issue when I was the university secretary at Laurentian U for 10 months in 2023. Without commenting on Laurentian, my view is that universities and colleges have overbuilt and overexpanded in recent years, all on borrowed money. Their presidents were empire builders. Did you know Lakehead U has a campus in Orillia? They borrow that money from the banks just like you and I. Plus they needed to retrofit their older buildings and classrooms for the latest hi-tech gear. That’s expensive and there’s no return there. Plus sky-high salaries for too many profs. Plus the tuition reduction and the freeze in Ontario. There’s simply not enough young people to finance all this for both the universities AND the community colleges.
Having gone through the restructuring, Laurentian is actually probably better positioned than most now despite the pain of it all.

22nd January 2024 at 9:37 am
Jacob Birch

Don’t blame the lack of young people for the unrealistic financial models and policies built by well heeled elites. This is 100% the fault of ivory tower academics leading these elitist cul de sacs off the cliffs of their own imaginary worlds.

22nd January 2024 at 4:34 pm
Vance Petersen

The major issue is that the Boards of so many of our institutes of higher learning are spending on programs and departments that have no marketable value. The Boards need to start getting rid of wasted resources so that expenses are in line with revenues.

22nd January 2024 at 10:02 am
Al Andrews

Seems like the issue is a red Herring, at the very same time ther are one million people coming to Canada, Gaza will be sending tens of thousands, Afghans will also be arriving, mention of this on CBC, CTV, or Global

22nd January 2024 at 2:01 pm
Al Andrews

Should have said one million Ukrainian…

22nd January 2024 at 2:03 pm
Vincent Charles

Recruiting talented international students bring needed human resources to help advance the growth of this multicultural country.

22nd January 2024 at 10:57 am
A. Chezzi

It is not a surprise that the Ford government has the lowest financial investment in post secondary education. Ford doesn’t value education. There is no stable, healthy province without a well educated people, especially in the world we live with. Instead of being concerned about selling beer in convenience stores, Ford needs to turn his mind to more important matters.

22nd January 2024 at 9:09 am
Jacob Birch

Blaming a 17 yr old in Gujarat who wants a computer science education from uWaterloo for the housing crisis and in a back-handed way for the long simmering twin crisises of relevancy and sustainability in Canadian high education is racist. Stop it.

The largely white, highly educated, highly compensated very woke mostly Laurentian elites who have driven our government and education sectors off these respective cliffs are only ones to blame… along with us in suburban Ontario who keep voting for them.

22nd January 2024 at 8:05 am

The answer would be yes and not just in Ontario.

22nd January 2024 at 7:40 am
Richard Courtemanche

It certainly appears that way. Some Canadian students were unable to enlist to make a place for them. Incompetent financial management and poor ethics on the part of Canadian institutions. Foreign students have been defrauded on both sides of the world and lost everything. If only they would stay away now that they knew about the scams. After all, nothing to learn here except cultural Marxism and wokeism!

22nd January 2024 at 11:14 am

I remember having this discussion when I was a student decades ago, and there were a LOT of people who felt that because International students were paying double for tuition than what local students were paying that they were indeed keeping Canadian universities afloat. Many felt that international students were also “favored” because they paid more.

22nd January 2024 at 7:27 am

Canada should not make any effort to partner with EU right now! They are all and the president nothing but Israhells puppets ,serving the master instead of member states and their populations!

23rd January 2024 at 1:29 am

Overcharging foreign students is not a sustainable solution’! It’s a lazy bailout…Universities need to re evaluate their administration costs . “ Less chiefs more Indians! “

23rd January 2024 at 1:24 am
Steven Rivette

Is the elephant in the room not the gross mismanagement of University funds. The most overpaid for poor performance in the country outfits. They should all be forced to submit to a forensic audit made public. A performance review should go hand in hand.

I believe Canadian kids should be receiving the best educations on the planet. Instead of being told the world is ending they should be hearing how exciting their futures could be rebuilding this country after the great damages done trying to force us to accept less from those who already have more.

22nd January 2024 at 10:49 pm