Post-secondary students find it more affordable to access their education dreams

I was happy to join MP Rodger Cuzner at MSVU for this announcement. The details are below along with some photos.

Ensuring the success of Canadian youth and students is key to the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthening Canada’s middle class and helping those working hard to join it.

Today, Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, was joined by Patricia Arab, MLA for Fairview-Clayton Park, on behalf of the Honourable Kelly Regan, Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, at Mount Saint Vincent University. He spoke to students about the significant changes the Government has made to help students with the rising costs of pursuing a post-secondary education as they return to class this fall.

The Parliamentary Secretary outlined improvements to student financial assistance, including 50-percent increases to Canada Student Grant amounts:

  • from $2,000 to $3,000 per year for full-time students from low-income families;
  • from $800 to $1,200 per year for students from middle-income families; and
  • from $1,200 to $1,800 per year for part-time students from low-income families.


These increases will help over 11,000 students in Nova Scotia alone. When combined with provincial student grants, the average full-time undergraduate student from a low-income family in Nova Scotia could receive approximately $5,500 in grants.

Beginning November 1, the Government of Canada will ease the rules on its Repayment Assistance Plan by ensuring that no single borrower will be required to make any repayment until he or she is earning at least $25,000 per year.

The Parliamentary Secretary reinforced the Government’s commitment to listening to Canadians, which includes hearing the call from students for more support. This is why enhanced supports have been brought forward: to enable students to afford and access the post-secondary education they require to get the skills they need to pursue their careers.


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