Helping First Nations and Inuit students succeed in completing their post-secondary studies will significantly improve their quality of life, allowing them to access better job opportunities and contributing to stronger economic growth in their communities, and in Canada.
To ensure that First Nation and Inuit students have the same opportunities for success as other Canadian students, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced today that the proposed Budget 2017 investments will increase funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program by $90 million over two years, beginning in 2017–18.
The Post-Secondary Student Support Program provides funding for First Nation and Inuit students to pursue post-secondary education. This funding aims to help students succeed in completing their studies and access better job opportunities by addressing the pressure of expenses such as tuition fees, living allowances, books and supplies as well as transportation.
The Government will also undertake a comprehensive and collaborative review, in partnership with Indigenous partners, of all current federal programs that support Indigenous students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The purpose of the review will be to ensure that these programs meet the needs of individual students while supporting attendance at, and completion of, a post-secondary degree or other credential.