Ontario does not contest the decision on appeal regarding secondary tuition fees

The so-called Student Choice Initiative allowed university and college students to refuse to pay certain additional fees

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The Ontario government says it is not trying to take the legal battle over secondary school fees to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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A spokeswoman for Jill Dunlop, the minister for colleges and universities, says the province has no plans to appeal to the Canadian Supreme Court after its directive, which said some student fees were voluntary, was repealed.

The so-called Student Choice Initiative allowed university and college students not to pay certain ancillary fees, including student union fees.

In August, the Ontario Court of Appeals dismissed the government’s appeal against a lower court decision declaring the policy illegal.

In its decision, the Court of Appeal ruled that the directive was in conflict with Ontario’s legislation on colleges and universities.

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It wrote that if a province wants to impose such a policy, it must first amend the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act and the legislation that establishes every university in Ontario.

Opt-out regulations were introduced in 2019, and many on-campus organizations received less funding. As a result, some organizations, such as student unions, campus media, and LGBTQ support centers, had to lay off staff or cut services.

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