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2007/2008 2008/2009

Canada $4,558 $4,724

Newfoundland and Labrador $2,632 $2,632

Prince Edward Island $4,440 $4,530

Nova Scotia $6,110 $5,932

New Brunswick $5,590 $5,590

Quebec $2,056 $2,167

Ontario $5,388 $5,643

Manitoba $3,271 $3,276

Saskatchewan $5,015 $5,015

Alberta $5,122 $5,361

British Columbia $4,922 $5,040


Undergrad tuition rises to average of $4,724 a year: StatsCan


CBC News


Full-time Canadian undergraduate students paid an average of $4,724 in tuition for the 2008/2009 academic year, an increase of 3.6 per cent over the previous year, Statistics Canada said Thursday.


The rise, which follows on the heels of a 2.8 per cent increase in the 2007/2008 academic year, was especially prominent in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Fees held steady in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and dropped in Nova Scotia.


Despite the drop in Nova Scotia — the result of the implementation of the Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Trust in March 2008 — students paid the highest fees anywhere in Canada: $5,932. Quebec ($2,167) and Newfoundland and Labrador ($2,632) had the lowest tuition fees.


Statistics Canada analysts were at pains to point out that the average annual increase over the last decade has outpaced the consumer price index. The CPI is a way of measuring the cost of items purchased by a typical Canadian in any given month, and includes shelter, food, entertainment, fuel and transportation.


In the last 10 years, tuition has increased annually an average of 4.4 per cent — it was $3,064 in 1998/1999. In contrast, the CPI rose at an annual average rate of 2.3 per cent.


Meanwhile, tuition fees for full-time undergraduate international students increased 3.9 per cent on average to $14,495 compared to the previous year.


Canadian graduate students paid 3.3 per cent more for tuition than a year earlier, with an average of $5,777 in fees this fall.


Tuition fees don't include additional compulsory fees, such as those for athletics, student health services and student associations, which increased 3.3 per cent from a year earlier. On average, Canadian undergraduate students paid $695 in additional compulsory fees in 2008/2009, up from $673 a year earlier.

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Criticizing and complaining are two different concepts. It's not because it is cheaper here than in the US that we cannot hope and work for lower tuition fees.


I don't want to start a debate where everybody already has it's idea and is not open to debate. But I think that to consider these low fees to be a blessing is like thinking that this situation happened by magic. If fees in Canada are lower than south of the border, it's because of political actions by leaders and the people of each provinces. Hoping and praising doesn't achieve anything.

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Je ne sais pas où ils ont pris ces chiffres, mais une session à temps plein au Bac à l'université de Montréal cette session est d'environ 1400$, avec les frais afférents.

À la maîtrise, c'est environ 2000$.


Ça fait un total de 2800$ pour une année de Bac, sans inclure les frais qui vont augmenter la prochaine session et amener la facture près de 3000$.


Ces chiffres sont largement sous-estimés.

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If fees in Canada are lower than south of the border, it's because of political actions by leaders and the people of each provinces. Hoping and praising doesn't achieve anything.


When we consider the cost of the education, we have to think about the full cost, not only the portion the students end up paying. We have to consider the amount of additional taxes and hidden fees that everybody end up paying for that "cheap" education. And I believe we pay a lot for what we get!

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