Reforming Ontario’s Financial Assistance System

All willing and qualified students in Ontario should be able to access and excel within Ontario’s post-secondary education system. This often means that students must seek help to pay the high prices of a university education. The financial assistance system must provide sufficient funding for qualified individuals to attend post-secondary education. What’s more, any financial assistance students receive should enable them to devote their attention to their studies.

Ontario’s financial assistance mechanisms must also recognize the varying degrees of aid that different students require and the rationale behind providing aid. All financial assistance mechanisms should be structured in ways that facilitate access to post-secondary education and increase the affordability of such an experience. To this end, publicly funded assistance mechanisms should equitably distribute funds, ensuring that individuals and families with the most need receive the most assistance.