Every young person who wants to learn or gain experience should have the opportunity to do so, yet Conservative politicians have made education less affordable through cuts.
Making Education More Affordable
Our Liberal government increased Canada Student Grants by 50%, giving up to $3,000 per year for low-income students, and $1,200 for middle-income students. This is cash that never needs to be paid back.
Now, with our Budget 2019, we propose to:
- Create 84,000 new paid work placements
- Save you $2,000, on average, by lowering the interest rates on student and apprentice loans, and eliminating the interest for the first 6 months after graduation
- Provide mental health resources, and medical and parental leave, without having to make loan payments
- Fund more and bigger grants and scholarships for students with disabilities, Indigenous students, and students performing research
Extra Investments in Calgary’s Students and Post-Secondary Institutions
After a decade of setbacks and cuts to science under the Conservatives, our government is rebuilding Canadian research. We made the single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history with nearly $4 billion in Budget 2018 for our scientists and innovators. This includes state-of-the-art research facilities across the country to attract top talent, and supporting initiatives that will increase the number of women in science and research.
Extra Investments in Education
University of Calgary
- $3 million invested in pioneering research projects under the New Frontiers in Research Funding (NFRF)
- $400,000 invested in the University of Calgary Centre for Smart Methane Sensing Technologies (SENST) in response to Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. SENST will provide new and improved technologies to better measure and detect methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors in Alberta. This supports the Alberta government’s pledge to reduce harmful methane emissions by 45% by 2025.
- Over $1.7 million invested in University of Calgary research infrastructure through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). JELF is designed to help universities attract and retain top-calibre researchers by funding universities’ infrastructure needs for individuals and groups. The University of Calgary received funding in March 2019 for research on topics like clean energy, toxicity indicators, and health innovations for patients.
Mount Royal University
- $64,100 invested from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Talent Program and Insight Development Grant (2019)
- Supports students and postdoctoral researchers to develop Canada’s next generation of researchers and leaders within academia and the public, and private and not-for-profit sectors, all specifically in the humanities and social sciences.
- $11,000 invested from Explore STEM (PromoScience Funding, 2019)
- $430,000 invested from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to help students pursue world-leading research and scientific work, including support for researchers who will bring a diversity of new voices and insights to their fields.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Student Legal Assistance
Our government has funded student law jobs as part of our Canada Summer Jobs Program. Through Student Legal Assistance (SLA), students provide free legal information and representation to low-income Calgarians.
Canada Child Benefit (for kids under age 18)
Our Liberal government created the Canada Child Benefit to give families tax-free cash every month to help with the costs of raising kids. 200,000 Calgary kids are supported by it, with Calgary families receiving $6,000 per year on average. By giving more to the families who need it most, we’ve cut child poverty in half in Alberta since 2015.
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
To help you save up for your child’s future post-secondary studies, our government matches part of your Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) contributions.
Plus, for low-income families, we add an extra $2,000 to your child’s RESP through the Canada Learning Bond. You do not need to put in any of your own money. It’s best to apply when your child is young, so they receive every annual deposit.
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