Quebec is one of the best places for post-secondary education value, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The report shows that students in Quebec pay some of the lowest tuition fees across the country, and therefore have to work fewer hours to afford their post-secondary education.
The number of work hours needed to pay off tuition was measured against minimum wage rates across the country. Analysts found that students in Quebec had to work 266 minimum-wage hours to pay for their schooling – much lower than the national average of 570 minimum-wage hours.
Furthermore, Quebec’s overall fee increases were among the lowest across the country – a mere 25 percent increase since 1975. Again, the national average was much higher with a 148 percent increase in tuition fees over that same time period. Alberta reported over 225 percent increase since 1975.
Experts say that these figures reflect the importance of student engagement at the political level. Quebec students have often been in the news of late for their public protests against tuition hikes – and those protests appear to be working.
Critics, however, say that the figures presented in this study are misleading – particularly in not taking into account major factors like inflation and financial aid.
CCPA economist Armine Yalnizyan, on the other hand, argues that the data paints an informative picture of the various costs of post-secondary education and at the end of the day, students still have to find ways to pay for their schooling – be it a job, financial aid, or scholarships.
The report shows that Ontario is the most expensive province for post-secondary education with students, on average, having to work 708 minimum-wage hours.
Source: Montreal Gazette
A new study has confirmed what many experts have long believed – that migration is good for a country’s economic prospects.
The study, which was summarized for a post on the World Economic Forum website, looked at how immigration effects population and income for the receiving country as well as how emigration effects population and the economy (through funds sent back home to the native country).
On the whole, most countries with high immigration levels fared better economically than those with high emigration and not a lot of immigration. The study also found that overall migration had a positive effect because the immigrant is able to contribute to both countries (through productivity and taxes in the host country and by sending funds back home to relatives or friends).
The authors point out that their findings fit with theories long held by economists. The benefits make sense, as migrants usually are motivated to move for economic reasons.
The findings come at an interesting time as more and more global leaders have been trying to balance an increased competition for skilled workers with an increasing backlash at home against more open immigration policies. The study could certainly help convince concerned constituents that immigration is, indeed, beneficial in the long term.
Source: Globe and Mail
Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents each year. Unless they Canadian citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents, individuals coming to Canada for the purpose of visiting, studying or working may need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to enter Canada.
Types of Non-immigrant Visas:
Canada Visit Visa
A visitor visa allows you to enter Canada as a visitor or tourist. Generally, you can stay in Canada for up to 6 months as a visitor.
Canada Student Visa
A Study Permit allows a foreign national to study in Canada at a specific Canadian educational institution and in a specific program.
Canada Work Visa
A work visa allows a foreign national with an offer of employment from a Canadian company to work in Canada on a temporary basis.
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
A super visa allows parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without the need for renewal of their status.