Election Day Is Coming!

Make sure you vote on October 24th, because your vote counts! 

Find out More

 

Post-secondary students in Manitoba are not sitting quietly as the provincial government moves ahead with a budget that will negatively impact those seeking a higher education.

Over fifty students attended a rally earlier this week at the Manitoba Legislature, protesting rising tuition fees and the province's plan to cut the Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate and Advance Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate for students. The Pallister government revealed those plans when it tabled the 2017-18 budget last week.

The provincial government's plan for tuition increases and tax rebate cuts follows the introduction of Bill 31 passed in March. The bill replaces a previous rule that capped tuition fee increases at the rate of inflation with new legislation that allows five per cent hikes plus the rate of inflation.

The former NDP government introduced the 60 per cent tuition tax rebate in 2007, as an incentive for new graduates to stay and work in Manitoba. Students got up to 60 per cent of their tuition paid back to them over six years through tax rebates. The rebate was extended in 2010, which allowed students still in post-secondary education to claim a five per cent rebate in advance.

Josh Driedger grew up in Altona and is attending the University of Manitoba to be a teacher. He says it's unfortunate the provincial government would choose to cut something that would affect people's
post-secondary education.

"For me personally, I've been fortunate enough to have family support, scholarships and bursaries, so it won't be the make or break in my education. However, for those who do not have support like me, this will definitely impact them in a different way."

Driedger went on to say many students he knows were not aware of the budget cut and after hearing the news they shared similar disappointment.

"Especially for U of M students affected by the recent strike in 2016. It just feels like students are being pushed to the bottom of the barrel of priorities for the provincial government right now," explained Driedger.

The province announced plans last month to provide $6.75 million to students through a Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative. Many students have said scholarships by themselves cannot fix the continued issue of increasing access to education, because they are given out based on academic merit, creating walls for low-income working class students.

More Local News

Altona Police Issue First Cannabis-related Charge After Legalization

It didn’t take long for Altona police officers to lay cannabis-related charges after the substance became legalized Wednesday. At 12:35 am, thirty-five minutes after legalization, members conducted a…

Personal Care Home Residents Evacuated In Manitou

Residents were evacuated from the personal care home in Manitou this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the building. Manitou Fire Chief Kris Reynolds explains everyone was safely evacuated…

Store Expansion Hopes To Meet Building Supply Needs

A sod turning was held Thursday morning to announce the construction of a new Home Hardware expansion East of Morden. Home Hardware owner David Janzen took over the business in 2015. He says many…

Local SERC Members Learn From Humboldt Disaster Response Leaders

Local disaster response volunteers met with the men and women who led the community response and recovery in Humboldt after the devastating bus crash that claimed 16 lives. Humboldt City Manager Joe…

Co-op Gives Back $2 Million To Members

More than $2 million is going back into the community this week through Winkler/Morden Co-op's annual equity cheque dispersal. "At the heart of co-op is community, it's why we're here," General…

RCU, Local Parents Join Forces To Build A Daycare In Rosenort

A local business and a grassroots committee have teamed up to establish a daycare in the community of Rosenort. Rosenort Credit Union has purchased the old fire hall in town, taking possession of the…

Protest Camp Near Gretna Still In Place

It has been three months since indigenous protesters set up a prayer camp along the border road. The group set up the 'Spirit of the Buffalo Camp' in mid July near Enbridge's Gretna operations to…

Warm Day In Store For Southern Manitoba

We're in store for some unusual weather today, as the mercury rises toward 21 degrees. Environment Canada's Natalie Hasell says we were under an arctic flow since mid-September, but now there's a…

Graydon Issues Apology, Will Not Seek Re-election

Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon is "unequivocally apologizing" for inappropriate remarks he made to a staff member at the Manitoba Legislature. In a statement released Wednesday, Graydon said his apology…

Winkler Police Issued 32 Speeding Tickets In School Zones Last Month

More than 30 speeding tickets were issued in school zones last month in Winkler. "It's certainly a concern when there were that many tickets were written," Winkler Police Chief Ryan Hunt explains,…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login