Talking about education: read RCI’s reports on learning in Canada

Students have gone back to school in Canada.  According to the OECD’s latest ranking, the Canadian public school system comes fourth among 31 others in the world. What is it like to be a student in Canada? Read RCI’s many reports on the subject.

Project aims to teach students to better manage mental health

By Lynn Desjardins,Thursday 7 September, 2017

Seven Canadian universities and colleges are participating in a pilot project to teach students how to better understand and manage their mental health. This comes at a time when a fifth of Canadian post-secondary students are feeling depressed and anxious or are dealing with other mental health issues, according to a 2016 survey. Serious crises and thoughts of suicide are increasing on many campuses.more

College and university tuition fees are up in Canada

By Lynn Desjardins, Wednesday 6 September, 2017

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The government statistics agency has announced that tuition fees in Canada have increased by an average 3.1 per cent to $6,571 for undergraduates and 1.8 per cent to $6,907 for graduate students. There are similar increases for fees at community colleges and, for international students, tuition has increased 6.3 per cent to an average $25,180.more

An expensive bachelor’s degree is not enough: survey

By Lynn Desjardins, Monday 4 September, 2017

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A majority of Canadian post-secondary students do not think they will get a job after spending tens of thousands of dollars to get their first degree. A poll by the CIBC, a major Canadian bank, found 74 per cent of students think they will need more training in spite of having spent an average of $14,000 for each year of post-secondary education and having an accumulated debt of $30,000more

Ontario plans to create a French university

By Lynn Desjardins, Friday 1 September, 2017

The majority of Francophones in Canada live in the province of Quebec which has several universities to serve them, but now the province of Ontario wants to create its own first, French-language university. Demand for education in French has grown alongside an increase in the number of Francophones who have moved to Toronto from other provinces and from outside the country… more

Canadian schools doing a good job

By Lynn Desjardins, Wednesday 30 August, 2017

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About 95 per cent of Canadian children go to public schools and a ranking by the OECD puts them in fourth place among 31 school systems in the world. This is determined by the performance of 15-year-olds on math, science and reading tests.more

Group urges a return to school equity

By Lynn Desjardins,Thursday 8 June, 2017

Officially, public education is free in Canada but, in recent decades, parents have raised money for enhancements and there is concern that means some schools are able to offer more to students than others.more

Quebec school history course: still politically skewed?

By Marc Montgomery, Thursday 11 May, 2017

Although First Nations and Uniut are included in the *revised* version. these groups say it is a *colonial* version, ignores their input and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is *unacceptable*.

In the mostly French-speaking province of Quebec, the school history books were changed in the brief period when the separatist Parti-Quebecois was in power in the province. They asked Quebec nationalist historians to rewrite the books. Many non-francophone groups in the province are upset about the results… more

Students say tuition discriminates, fuels family debt

By Lynn Desjardins, Wednesday 26 April, 2017

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The Canadian Federation of Students says that government underfunding of post-secondary education is fueling the crisis of household debt in Canada. Canadian families have debts that average 171 per cent of their disposable income and amount to more than the size of the Canadian economy, according to a new report it commissioned... more

Canada Homestay Network need hosts for students

By Carmel Kilkenny, Tuesday 28 March, 2017

The Canada Homestay Network is looking for more people in Sudbury, Ontario, willing to welcome international students into their homes. The network links international students who want to study in high schools, colleges and universities across Canada, with someone essentially who has an extra bedroom in their home, and is open to spending some time with a student and provide mealsmore

Students want pot revenues spent on mental health, addiction help

By Lynn Desjardins, Thursday 23 March, 2017

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Some students at the University of Alberta want the government of their western province to take revenue raised from the sale of marijuana and spend it on mental health and addiction initiatives. The Canadian government is planning to legalize the recreational use of marijuana soon and the tax on sales will fatten the coffers of provincial and territorial governmentsmore

Montreal ‘Best City in the World for Students’

By Carmel Kilkenny, Wednesday 15 February, 2017

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Montreal is now rated ‘The Best City in the World for Students’, beating out Paris and London for the first time. This according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts. Montreal came out on top of Paris, which held first place for the last five years, jumping from 7th place last year… more

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