Free Education from Childcare to Post-Secondary
For older generations, a high school diploma guaranteed a good job. Today, 70% of jobs in Canada require training from a college, trade school, or university. But in order to access these jobs, young Canadians are graduating university with an average debt load of $27,000. It is unacceptable for students to be saddled with debt that prevents them from fully participating in our economy. Similarly, young families face exorbitant costs and long waitlists to receive quality childcare in both Alberta and across the country. In particular, women disproportionately bear the burden of inaccessible and unaffordable childcare.
We will advocate for federal NDP action to:
- Free Universal Childcare. Ensure high-quality, publicly-funded daycare for all children from birth to five years old.
- Free Post-Secondary. Eliminate tuition fees for college, university, and trade school through increased funding for provincial governments. Reallocate funds from education tax credits into up-front grants for students.
- Eliminate student debt. Provide 0% interest rates for student loans, and create debt relief and forgiveness programs.
- Guarantee the Treaty Right to Education. Remove funding caps on programs for Indigenous students, such as the Post-Secondary Student Support Program. Close the Indigenous education funding gap. Expand Indigenous-led programs at all levels of education.