Reaction to provincial budget: Dr. Annette Trimbee
The Manitoba government released the provincial budget this afternoon. The post-secondary education sector received a 0.9 per cent reduction to the operating grant, which is the same reduction that was budgeted last year.
Manitoba’s universities and colleges add significant value to our local economy. This is backed up by strong evidence. The University of Winnipeg is a major economic driver with an annual economic impact of $1.5 billion. Our graduates are tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Though we realize the provincial government has limited resources, lack of investment in post-secondary education restrains the positive impact we can make on Manitoba’s future.
UWinnipeg is one of the leanest and most efficient universities in Canada. Our top priorities remain investing in a strong student experience, as well as academic excellence in teaching and research.
Our students will be affected by the Manitoba government’s decisions. According to legislation, tuition is projected to increase by 7.5%. While our students pay much less than the national average, a student taking a full-time course load will likely pay $250 more than last year.
UWinnipeg is committed to ensuring that financial support is there for students who need it most. We currently award more than $5.1 million in scholarships, bursaries, and other awards. Financial need should not prevent educational opportunities. We will continue to support our students’ success.
Our job is to grow leaders and mobilize knowledge. The University of Winnipeg is home to exceptional people — including talented faculty members and staff delivering essential student services — who take great pride in providing a top quality educational experience for our students. We will continue innovating and striving for excellence.
Dr. Annette Trimbee,
President and Vice-Chancellor