The Ford government announced last week that it would be making what some say are
“consequential changes” to the way it will be handling OSAP. The current system offers
students significant grants, rather than hefty loans. This alleviates some financial pressure for
students struggling to come up with the high tuition costs of post-secondary education.
The system also allows students who come from low income families the chance to apply for
free tuition, fully subsidized by the government. The proposed changes include $600 million in
cuts to student grants. This drastic change in the system has current students, and those
looking to apply for college and university, worrying about their future.
The anger and outrage of students was made clear when thousands showed up last Saturday to
protest the changes at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The mass of people took to
the streets, signs in hand, chanting, “Doug Ford has to go!” as they made their way to Queen’s