TORONTO—The Student Association of George Brown College is gravely concerned that recent cuts to student grants announced by the Ontario government will result in the most disadvantaged students paying more for a lower-quality education.

The cutting of grants means that low-income students will have to shoulder the burden of this government’s cuts, making life harder for students who are already marginalized and at-risk.

“The lack of additional funding for colleges can only mean that the quality of education will suffer as services are cut,” said Jasmyn St. Hilaire, director of communications and internal for the Student Association of George Brown College. “We urge the Ontario government to reconsider these policies and restore student grants to their previous levels, increase operating funding for the colleges, and respect the independence of student groups who provide important services.”

The Student Association of George Brown College operates a number of essential services for students across George Brown College’s three main campus including health and dental insurance, a Safewalk program, an emergency student food bank, academic advocacy, peer-support for marginalized students, income tax clinics, legal aid, student clubs, an award-winning student newspaper and events that are crucial to student life.

We are also a major employer for students on campus who not only earn money that helps them pay for school, but also build up important skills and experience for their entry into the workforce.

“Making fees for student groups optional will hurt our ability to deliver quality services that benefit all students, threaten student employment and learning, and leave the most marginalized students who depend on our services at risk,” said Jasmyn St. Hilaire, director of communications and internal for the Student Association of George Brown College.

The Student Association of George Brown College functions as the central student government representing the interests of over 30,000 students at George Brown College. The Student Association focuses on representation, advocacy, delivery of services and the operation of businesses to support its overall mandate.

Media contact:
Jasmyn St. Hilaire
Director of communications and internal
Student Association of George Brown College
416-415-5000 Ext. 6373
dircommunicationsinternal@sagbc.ca