OUSA believes that all willing and qualified students should be able to access post-secondary education, regardless of their socio-economic status. However, the erosion of public funding has made this increasingly difficult for all students. Since the 2019 tuition framework renewal, students have seen a 10% decrease in tuition, but this has not resulted in greater access for all students. Institutions have also experienced this strain as public funding has dwindled to just over 30%, and student tuition and fees now account for over 60% of institutional revenue across the province. Without sustainable government funding, institutions must rely on students primarily to fill these gaps, jeopardizing the affordability, accessibility, quality and accountability of university education in Ontario. Students hope that the provincial government will address their concerns and take steps toward restoring Ontario’s publicly funded post-secondary system.