Students in Ontario are going to pay less for post-secondary education for the next two years.
The Doug Ford government has announced that all colleges and universities in Ontario will see a 10% reduction in tuition costs.
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton says "if you've got the grades, you deserve access to an affordable post-secondary education."
Fullerton says by lowering the cost of tuition, the Conservatives are not only keeping more money in the pockets of Ontarians but they're also "ensuring that all qualified Ontario students will have more affordable access to high quality skills, training and education."
Colleges and Universities Critic Chris Glover believes the reduction is all smoke and mirrors.
Glover says the government will not subsidize the lost revenue, forcing colleges and universities to accept what he estimates to be a $250-million loss.
He says not only is there the possibility of students paying less money and receiving lower quality education, but when the tuition freeze is lifted, he expects schools to drastically increase admission rates.
In addition to the tuition decrease and altered governance over the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Fullerton also announced a new Student Choice Initiative.
Fullerton says too often students pay for "services they do not use or organizations they do not support."
The new initiative will empower students to choose which student fees they want to pay for and how that money is allocated.
The Conservatives say Ontario students pay the highest tuition in Canada and this is the first tuition reduction across all funding-eligible programs.