April 8, 2004

McMaster University welcomes provincial funding review

Consultation must yield solutions that address student, university needs

Hamilton, ON - The provincial government’s commitment to a rapid review of how Ontario universities are funded in light of a confirmed two-year tuition freeze is welcome news, McMaster University President Peter George said today.

“We welcome the review and the Ontario government’s commitment to establishing a comprehensive policy on how universities can receive adequate funding as we cope with the ongoing pressures of decreased income from tuition and provincial operating grant support that continues to be the lowest in Canada.

“We are concerned about our ability to continue delivering a quality educational experience for students. The provincial government’s announcement that it will provide partial compensation for one year of the two-year tuition freeze is a first step but we are concerned about the uncertainty for future years. I anticipate the review process will yield constructive solutions that will meet the needs of our students who deserve a quality experience in higher education.”

The provincial government announced today that tuition fees can not increase for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years in regulated programs in humanities, science and social sciences and in deregulated programs such as medicine and engineering.

A comprehensive review and consultation process with Ontario universities will begin this summer and end this fall.

McMaster University, one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 27,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.