Ontario students walk out of classrooms to protest Ford's funding changes (PHOTOS)

Mar 20 2019, 5:13 pm

At 12 pm, students throughout the province collectively walked out of their classrooms to protest the provincial government’s changes to post-secondary funding.

The staged walkout comes just two months after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government eliminated free tuition for low-income students, while imposing a 10% across-the-board tuition fee cut, and made several once-mandatory student fees, such as those that fund campus organizations and clubs, optional.

Additionally, the six-month grace period on student loan interest has also been cancelled.

Here in Toronto, students from Ryerson and U of T joined forces to protest cuts to post-secondary education, in conjunction with other protests across the province.

Students as far as Halifax walked out of classes today to stand in solidarity with Ontario students.

 

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According to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), students are walking out to call on the government to provide more grants, rather than loans, eliminate tuition fees for all students, increase public funding for public education, protect students’ independent voices, and demand the right to organize.

Here’s what the walkout looked like throughout the province.

 

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