Students from quebec cegeps and universities want their share of the financial assistance promised by Ottawa and demand a quick response from the government Legault in order to prevent a possible increase in the stall this fall.
On April 22, the federal government of Justin Trudeau announced a series of measures to help the students affected by the economic repercussions of the pandemic COVID-19.
In addition to providing canadian emergency for students, Ottawa has also announced that the amount of the grants for canadian studies will be doubled this fall.
In Quebec, since the provincial government has its own program of financial assistance to education, the province will receive the full financial compensation equivalent to $ 400 million, according to the calculations of the student Federation collégiale (FECQ) and the student Union of Quebec (UEQ).
These two associations are urging Quebec to invest the entire amount in its financial aid program studies.
“We need this money here to be invested in Québec, the needs are great and we don’t want that the students of quebec are at a disadvantage compared to those in the rest of Canada,” says Jade Marcil, president of the UEQ.
“We agree that Quebec is virtually déconfiné, but we can not predict or not a second wave. In the case where it would happen, it is important that the money is there, ” adds his side Noémie Veilleux, president of the FECQ.
This last press Quebec to act quickly, since many students may be tempted to question the continuation of their studies this fall, considering the situation. “We can’t wait in August, it is too late. The decision to pursue or not their studies will have been made at this time, ” she said. The office of the minister of higher Education, Danielle McCann are said to be ” very sensitive to the situation of students and their concerns.” His press secretary, Alexandre Lahaie, indicate that a” bonus material “of the financial assistance program will be announced” in due time “.