Post-secondary education is a priority for Manitobans and for our provincial government.
We have made a significant investment in our colleges and universities. This has included major capital investments in our facilities, including a new $82 million UCN campus for Thompson.
We have also made affordability a major priority.
We have kept tuition fees amongst the lowest in the country and we want to keep them that way.
We have gone one step further by introducing legislation that would help keep university tuition fee increases in line with the rate of inflation and provide funding predictability for institutions.
This new legislation ensures students will continue to have access to affordable, high quality education, and institutions will be able to rely on predictable funding levels.
The bill would empower the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE), the agency that plans and co-ordinates the development of the post-secondary education system, to work with universities to keep tuition fees in line with inflation.
The new legislation would also require COPSE to ensure universities know how much money they will receive in operating grants for three-year periods.
This new legislation will ensure that our universities will have the predictable financing they need to continue offering affordable high-quality education.