Montreal mayor calls on QC to scrap tuition hikes at English-language universities

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has called for the Government of Quebec to heed an advisory committee’s recommendations and scrap its plans for tuition hikes for English-language universities following reports of a drop in out-of-province applications at McGill University and Concordia University. The advisory committee stated that the hike “seems unjustified and risks compromising access to quality education and depriving society of potential talent.” However, QC higher education minister Pascale Déry’s office has said that it will not follow the report’s advice because it was delivered four days after the minister’s deadline. Déry further pointed to the difference between applications and enrolment, stating: “I’ll make sure we see the numbers eventually with the [enrolments].”

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