Campus life threatened, student groups say of Ford's opt-out initiative at Ontario universities and colleges - 2019-09-01
Fifteen cents for the food bank, a quarter for sexual education and peer counselling, a little less than three dollars for the student newspaper. The list of student fees made optional by the Ontario government is different at every postsecondary institution, but to many student leaders, these lists, and the services they fund, represent the foundation of campus student life. They say that life is now under threat.
Student groups have been bracing for a fight since the Doug Ford government introduced the Student Choice Initiative this past January. The government said the move would help students save money and allow them to choose which ancillary fees they wanted to pay. Student groups called it an attempt to silence political opposition.
Campaigns to persuade students to pay the fees voluntarily kicked into gear across the province this week. The results won't be known until the opt-out period ends in late September. Many student leaders say they're nervous.