Schools going west for recruits

The TJ this AM is discussing the trend of NB universities to look outside the province for students.

I have an honest question for you. Do New Brunswick taxpayers subsidize students from outside the province?

If so, is it good public policy to subsidize these students when we have data that 30%-40% of them will leave the province?

I know that people get cranky about this but I was always curious why British Columbia had the lowest percentage of university students in their universities and the highest percentage of university graduates in their workforce. It seems clear to me that the job market in BC attracts these university graduates from across Canada and they don’t have to pay the cost of educating them.

If in fact there is no subsidization of out-of-province students by the provincial government, than forget what I say.

If there is, give it some thought.

It’s a bit chicken and egg but if we are just churning out workers for the Ontario, Alberta and BC workforce, why should New Brunswickers foot the bill?

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0 Responses to Schools going west for recruits

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s stupid to look outside the province, but looking outside the country makes sense. There are lots of hopefuls in India and China, and they pay three times the tuition. That, along with privatization, is what has helped Quebec and Ontario universities expand.

  2. Jonathan Tower says:

    Students from outside the province brings a diversity of ideas in the classrooms. It enriches student life. Forgetting for a moment that their tuition fees may be subsidized, I believe this is a good idea.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do not understand why Atlantic Canada citizens are so proud to be Canadian, the conferation act in 1867 is probably the worst thing for them. At this point, Atlantic Canada did not stand up of that deal. I do not expect, maybe to except for Moncton, Halifax and Saint John that atlantic Canada could slow down population decrease soon. Quebec and Ontario suffer of that issue, i can imagine how it`s can be bad for the maritimes. Atlantic Canada needs more than APECA and perequation incomes from the Federal to keep alive his economy! It is easy to say that kind of things though it`s hard to get real. Attract a research centers in New-Brunswick and the compagnies that provide this kind of job opportunities will come in Atlantic Canada for sure.

    I would like moving in New-Brunswick, mainly in Moncton or Saint John , it is a nice place to live, the cost of living is low as well as the housing cost.

    Sorry for my english !


  4. Harma says:

    I think most places in Canada are pretty nice places to live, usually for different reasons. The quick answer is that it is VERY easy to develop the economy, all you have to do is ‘share the wealth’. Therein lies the problem. That’s quite true about confederation and it’s a constant irony that maritimers are so happy to have their butts on the end of a boot. However, if you keep somebody down, then they will be happy of the scraps, just look at all the lovely press Irving gets from throwing some scraps to some poverty inflicted schools while screwing the city royally on their taxes.

    I don’t think other provinces have THAT diverse of an opinion. As Universities and schools in canada have remarkably similar policies, however, foreign students do have quite diverse backgrounds.

    As the above says,its quite easy to SAY these things, its another thing to make them a reality.

  5. WK says:

    “Agreements have been reached with the four publicly funded provincial universities for the administration of a new $2,000 credit for New Brunswickers in their first year of university. Finance Minister Victor Boudreau made the announcement today.”

    Still makes more sense to provide the credit upon succesful completion of the first year though.

  6. Walter Law says:

    Logically, looks like the system operates by:
    1) New Brunswick provides the education,
    2) graduates contribute to the Canada Economy in another province,
    3) equalization payments flow back into the province.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Trouble is, provinces like ontario are grousing about equalization and when the economy goes south or the feds make changes, there is nothing to fall back on.

  8. David Campbell says:

    Let’s flip it around:

    1. Ontario/Alberta provide the education
    2. New Brunswick provides the jobs
    3. We reduce our need for Equalization
    And keep the Chardonnay/Brie and Rednecks happy all at once.

    Did I say that out loud?

  9. MonctonLandlord says:

    Doen’t matter where they get educated, they will move where the jobs are:

    “The subsequent oil boom gave Edmonton new status as the Oil Capital of Canada. During the 1950s, the city increased in population from 149,000 to 269,000.” – Wikipedia