University of Regina Statement – Provincial Budget

Other Release Date: March 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

Sent on behalf of Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Regina:

As a public institution, the University of Regina recognizes that the current fiscal situation in Saskatchewan requires some tough choices. However, we are disappointed that today’s provincial budget ignores the affordability challenges facing students and neglects the significant economic and social benefits of investing in post-secondary education. 

Post-secondary education is critical to the economic and social health of Saskatchewan.  Our University contributes more than $542 million to the local economy every year. Throughout their lives, our graduates earn more money and experience lower unemployment than those with a high school diploma. Post-secondary education has paid – and continues to pay – social, economic and cultural dividends for generations of Saskatchewan citizens.

Today’s budget accelerates a pattern in recent years of funding levels far below our needs.  By cutting funding to the post-secondary sector, Saskatchewan is eroding its competitive advantage and undermining its stated goal of growing our province. 

For more information contact:

Everett Dorma, External Relations
Phone:       (306) 337-8451
Cell:           (306) 565-8608


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