Students could see 5% per year increase in tuition
Manitoba Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart introduced Bill 31, known as the Advanced Education Administration Amendment Act to the legislature Monday.
The proposed legislation would allow universities to set tuition at rates that better reflect the cost of delivering programs. The maximum fees can increase is 5% annually plus the Consumer Price Index.
Universities will see a clawback in a portion of grants from the province if tuition fees in Manitoba are not the lowest in Western Canada.
The legislation outlines the changes would come into effect for the 2018-19 academic year.
Canadian Mennonite University is exempt from the legislation as they are a private degree-granting institution.
College fees and tuition charged by universities for college level courses is regulated through a policy set by the minister. The province intends to amend this policy to reflect the proposed changes at the university level and maintain Manitoba’s average college tuition fees as the lowest among western provinces.