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EPI Releases Education Primer for Canadian Federal Election


TORONTO, ON, September 16, 2008 During the 2008 Canadian federal election campaign, the Educational Policy Institute will be releasing a series of election-related papers. Attached is the first of these papers entitled Investing for the Future: Post-Secondary Education Issues and the Canadian Federal Election. This paper is an overview of top education issues in Canada designed to act as a resource for those interested in education as an election issue. The paper provides an overview of four key post-secondary education issues from a federal perspective:


• Funding Post-Secondary Education
• Investments in Research
• Tuition, Student Aid and Affordability
• Access and Persistence




This paper can also serve as a useful backgrounder for EPI’s forthcoming election releases. Following the publication of the party platforms, EPI will release analyses of each party’s positions on education matters.


The Educational Policy Institute is an international, non-partisan think-tank; we provide high-level research and analysis to support policymakers and practitioners including the World Bank, the federal and provincial governments and post-secondary institutions. Our Canadian office is located in Toronto, where our staff has broad knowledge in a diversity of Canadian education policy issues including student financial aid, access and persistence, quality measurement, capacity building and budgetary allocations.

The Educational Policy Institute is available for consultation and comment on matters of education during the 2008 election campaign.


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