Premier Kathleen Wynne is in Kingston today as part of her four-day tour of Ontario postsecondary institutions.
Students will have the chance to engage with the Premier, who is expected to highlight the province’s commitment in ensuring students can go on to postsecondary education based on their ability to learn, not their ability to pay.”
Some of the Ontario government actions to support that goal include: providing free tuition to over 225,000 students this year while making it easier to apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour so working students can better afford the costs of going to school, providing free prescription medications through OHIP+ for everyone under the age of 25, protecting student renters against unfair rent increases and evictions through the Fair Housing Plan, and providing free and low-cost online textbooks.
Wynne also plans to engage with students on how the province can lead the way in the fight against climate change, including supporting campuses in retrofitting their facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program.
At 2pm today, the Premiere will tour Queen’s University and participate in a town hall discussion with students in the John Deutsch University Centre at approximately 2:30pm. The Premiere will then tour nearby St. Lawrence College beginning at 4:pm.
Premiere Wynne’s tour of postsecondary institutions also includes institutions in Sudbury, Cambridge, Windsor and throughout Toronto and the surrounding area.
Learn more in this Ontario Government release.
UPDATE: Photos posted to Twitter from the Premiere’s visit to Queen’s and St. Lawrence College
Saw Ontario Premier @Kathleen_Wynne at a town hall event for students at the JDUC earlier today . . . Very good, hard-hitting questions from students. Many thanks for your visit Mme Premier! #QueensU #ontpoli pic.twitter.com/v4kTuHNoR5
— Queen's Engineering (@QueensEngineer) February 14, 2018
— Queen's Liberals (@QueensLiberals) February 14, 2018
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Each campus I've been on this week is unique, but there are some topics that come up again & again. As I told students today at @queensu, there's more to do around mental health services & addictions and sexual assault & gender-based violence. And we're taking action. pic.twitter.com/0qeMF1j5vk
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) February 15, 2018
— Queen's Alumni (@queensualumni) February 14, 2018
— Glenn Vollebregt (@gvollebregt) February 14, 2018
— Dan Hendry (@SustainableDan) February 14, 2018
— Elaine Armstrong (@elaine_armstron) February 15, 2018